The UN may be wrong about the world’s oceans running out of fish
The news about food shortages today and tomorrow may be wrong
The news about fresh water shortages may be wrong
The IMF may wrong about fiscal deficits and global financial crisis
Al Gore and his wacky environmental friends may be wrong about global warming
This writer seems be advocating a China approach, “But if resources are limited, the last thing we need is a growing population. We would be better off with a smaller population, so that earth’s limited resources can be shared among a smaller number of people, providing more for each person. If families start having only one child each, this would be helpful from a resources point of view, but it would make it even more difficult to pay off out all of the outstanding debt, in addition to paying for Social Security and Medicare benefits for all the seniors.” From The Intelligence Daily
These people believe it is government’s responsibility, “Governments are responsible for providing access to adequate food to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and starvation.
Obama and his crowd would probably go for this idea! Actually they may be taking us down this road of becoming a totally dependant society deliberately.
These people say oil sands may as hazardous as the Gulf oil leak, “Oil sands development is ‘kind of like the gulf spill but playing out in slow motion’, said report co-author Doug Cogan, director of climate risk management at RiskMetrics. He called it a ‘land-based’ version of the gulf disaster.” http://www.globalissues.org/news/2010/05/17/5627
Much of this information feels like it is presented with a bias agenda, and some seem to lack basic common sense, whether it is backed by a guy with a degree in a science field or not.
We do know between 15,000 to 25,000 children die each day around the world because of malnutrition and water borne disease. We do know malnutrition is a serious problem in the United States for seniors and children living in poverty.
We do know we are overdrafting aquifers around the world and fresh water tables are dropping in many parts of the United States and around the world.
We do know the demand for food and fresh water will increase as the world’s population increases.
Many around the world can not help themselves out of this daily nightmare. Unfortunately this scenario is going to get worse as we place greater demand on finite resources.
Many are convinced these trends will lead to a resurgence in rural America. So there you have it, my agenda. I sell rural land in Nevada with water rights. A place where you can create a sustainable self sufficient lifestyle that could protect you from becoming a statistic.
Lifestyle is what draws most people to rural living; it gives them a sense of getting back to their fundamental roots. Raising a garden, chickens that lay fresh eggs, fruit trees and farm raised meats.
I am convinced economics, urban blight and a desire for an active productive lifestyle will bring many more to consider affordable rural lifestyles. Retired does not mean dead, although it might if you don’t stay active.
When you combine a nice little piece of land and a small efficient home with proper solar orientation, a mild climate, some good dirt and water, you have the basic recipe.
Marketing to retirees has largely been focused on golf, activity/recreation center with social clubs in large planned unit developments, which is fine for some, but there are other options.
Your grand children will enjoy visiting your “farm”.
I have some good friends, they live in what he and his wife lovingly refer to as their “bunk house”, it is small but quite luxurious. It is completely solar, with propane and a wood burning stove. A solar pump provides water. They raise most all their own food, and have a nice little income from extra produce sold at the farmers market. They have television and internet, and a small green house. They tell me this new lifestyle is the greatest thing they have ever done, short of raising some great kids. They are some of the happiest people I know!
They also tell me they sleep very well at night knowing that no matter goes on in the world, they “feel” secure.
Our ancestors lived off the land; you can go back to a slower, simpler, more rewarding way of life. The biggest difference today from back then is modern technology. Instead of plowing your garden behind a horse, you can ride a small tractor. You can raise chickens to lay eggs or broilers that are designed to be eaten. You can have peacocks and geese as watch dogs and security systems.
We are looking at and working on developing larger tracts for mini farms. Some bankers seem to think this idea is crazy and have told me no one will ever buy it. I would appreciate your thoughts, ideas, and input. Does this make sense to you?