This work is dedicated to all those who love this earth and want to give back to her as well as to receive her bounty.


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Introduction

Like most people, you are concerned about the rising costs of food, the fate of our planet, your weight, your health and the health of those you love, and what you can do to prepare yourself for any emergency situation. You are concerned with shopping for food, selecting food, preparing food, and storing food. If you are like most people, you may think yourself silly if you find the problems of food and health a bit difficult to deal with. Actually, getting enough to eat and staying healthy is the most important problem in your life--in the life of any living creature. Society claims to have made this easy for us, at a cost most consider to be fairly cheap. But you know, or you suspect, that something is not right.

There are many, many questions you could ask. Here are a few.

The answers to these questions are very complicated actually and most people will give you a pat answer or try to make the question seem silly. Other people will give you a book answer. The reason this book is different is because I am not going to tell you how to get well or what to grow or what to eat. I'm going to help you to understand the questions and then give you some options for directions in which to procede. I cannot make your decisions for you; no one can do that. People can help you. Doctors can help you; nutritionists can help you; garden books can help you, but you know yourself better than anyone else can. If I told you to grow tomatoes and you hated tomatoes, that would be silly. But I can tell you ways in which to help heal your soil so it will grow better vegetables. Then you can decide what you want to grow. I cannot tell you to eat lettuce because it will make your stomach stop hurting--that's also silly. But I can tell you why stomachs hurt and you can decide if you want to do something or keep taking antacids or something else entirely.

If you want to do something for the planet, you can. The best way is too look at your food and how you prepare it and to look at your yard and what is growing in it (yes, even if you rent or live in an apartment.) If you start with what you eat and what you can grow, you can do more for the planet than you could any other way. You can make little changes, not big changes and do an enormous amount to help the planet. People make it sound like the problems are huge--they are not. Everything begins with you, in your home.

It's all much easier than it looks, but it requires you to put on your thinking cap and try to look at the basic things in your life in a new way. Everyone is a lot smarter than they think that they are--it's just that problems that we are led to believe easy are not. This is a strange situation. It's like being given a puzzle and being told that you should be able to put it together just like that when the directions that you have are in a foreign language. That actually happens quite a bit. Most things are easy once you know what you are doing. I know it sounds strange that you would not know how to eat and feed your family, but most people don't. I mean that they really don't. If you are beating yourself up about being overweight or being unhealthy or spending too much money at the store or eating things that taste good but are not supposed to be good for you, or if you are tired of trying to cook food for people who don't like what you cook or if you are wondering why everything seems to be going to hell, it's a real problem. You're not failing because you're stupid, but because it's a real problem and no one will tell you that it's a real problem. They'll blame you for not reading Chinese. You may even find yourself wondering what the mystery is.

If you've wondered about any of the questions above, I urge you to read on. I can't tell you how to put your own puzzle together, but I can sure save you time and effort in figuring out how to do it. It can be frustrating, but it can also be fun.

© 2008, A.R. Stone

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