"Very few are talking about the significance of a looming crisis of food. And it's a crisis that is global. It's a crisis that is already beginning in certain countries. We've seen shortages in Russia with the sanctions, we're already seeing the low production in Ukraine. And we're seeing massive shortages in Africa and even shortages of items here on our own shelves in the United States," Kesterson said. (Related: The war in Ukraine is going to trigger the biggest global food crisis that any of us have ever seen before.)
"This is only the beginning. And the time to get busy is now. So as we push the core to trying to develop a greater appreciation and urgency to get people to sow seeds, start their garden and go back in the old ways before we go charging boldly into a future of unknowns."
The backpack journalist and documentary filmmaker said Americans must start planting seeds and growing gardens. He added that people need to get back to basics and waste no time doing it.
The "Bards FM" host and owner-founder of Xpedition Café lamented that Americans growing gardens in the country today are down to .01 percent, which he said is a dismal number that has to change if America is going to survive the next phase. He added that people need to have a solution to maintain health, and the only way they are going to get that full spectrum of health is by growing much of their own food.
Kesterson pointed out that there is an urgency to get gardens going and Americans need to look back in history to realize the importance of the small gardener. He observed that Americans have become a very dependent society and are really living within corporate socialism.
"And we haven't really acknowledged that yet. We've given away most of our freedom through the convenience processes of fast food and superstores and supermarkets, the ability to buy things off the rack and cheap goods and services that come from all around the world," Kesterson said.
According to Kesterson, Americans have seen a slow removal and degradation of the "cultural systemic knowledge" that is passed on from one generation to the next. He said all the old ways, such as hunting for food to provide meat on the table, growing vegetables and preserving food, have been lost for most families.
Kesterson pointed out that people have built a world that is highly dependent on a system. They have not only lost their ability to make basic things, but they have also been disconnected from the idea of growing their own grains, fruits and vegetables and having a garden as a regular function of their life.
The documentary filmmaker added that the principles of raising chickens or ducks, having eggs and meat in the backyard and having goats or a cow to provide milk and food for the family have also been lost. All of these skills, according to Kesterson, have been lost to many in the urban settings and much of this came about after World War II.
The independent business owner of Xpedition Café said people have to get back to producing food in their homes and take responsibility for it. He emphasized that the seeds selected must be heirloom and organically grown not controlled or modified genetically. Kesterson also pointed out the importance of tending the soils and reclaiming land that could be created and regenerated for food production.
"We have to get serious about this. And tending to a soil is an intentional act. It's not just something that happens. People have to get smart on what it is to grow a garden and make the soil strong again. We have to get smart on getting seeds and saving seeds," Kesterson said.
"So we preserve a genetic diversity within the seed range, within the fruits and vegetables that are offered, we have to get back to getting more towards heirloom varieties that are not genetically modified. So you get to the wholeness of what food health is. So growing your own food becomes even more critical from a health point of view."
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