Ten Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient and Ten Ways to Get There

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We are now
three to five generations removed from the rural backbone that strengthened
America. The world at large has undergone a similar transformation
as the promise of easier work has created a migration to big cities.
These mega-cities could be seen as an experiment gone awry, as general
has declined, with suicide
rates increasing across the world. Crowded conditions and economic
strife have led to rampant crime, pollution, corporate malfeasance,
and a dog-eat-dog type of competition that can be described as a
temporary insanity.

The economic
crisis we are living through has been the final straw for many people,
as promises of a better, easier, and more creative life seem to
have been sold to us by carnival-style tricksters who are laughing
all the way to (their) bank.

Here are the
top reasons for becoming self-sufficient; these are based on fundamental,
systemic concerns for why undertaking this life change will not
be a fly-by-night fad, but rather a long-lasting means for personal

10 Reasons
to Become Self-Sufficient

1. Freedom
from market manipulation
– The traditional market-driven
investment vehicles are more and more obviously controlled by traders
and banking institutions. The debacle of the private Federal Reserve
Bank is just the icing on the cake to a previous decade full of
Ponzi-type schemes. Now, the institutionalized
of retirement money is being planned.

2. Hedging
against inflation
– Have you noticed the price of goods
lately? Even Wal-Mart is silently
its prices. People might have a choice whether or not
to buy stocks or gold, but people have to eat – the current
increases in basic goods portend hyperinflation, and will not ease
anytime soon. Food shortages could make the problem exponentially

3. Increasing
health and wellness

– It has now been revealed that some "organic" items
have been falsely
. In addition, a host of "GMO-free" brands
have been exposed as deceptive. GMO food lacks the nutritional value
of what can be grown in the average backyard. GMO mega-corporation,
Monsanto, has a sordid
and has continuously trampled on our trust. It is time
that we
do the work

4. Building
community strength
– We constantly hear people say, "I
don’t even see my neighbors, let alone know anything about them."
Of course not: 80-hour workweeks and grabbing meals-to-go doesn’t
exactly promote community interaction. With such little time to
interact with our immediate community, it is no wonder why many
people report feeling disconnected. In these trying times, it is
a local community that can offer the best support.

5. Working
for yourself
– Working hours are increasing, pay is often
decreasing, and corporate executives are taking bigger
than ever. This is leading to a prevailing disgust,
as people are being forced to admit that they are living lives of
near-indentured servitude. Even for those not working in corporations,
working for someone else is rarely as satisfying as creating and
working for something where every minute you spend is yours alone.

6. Having
more free time
– We have been taught to believe that life
on a farm is arduous sun-up to sun-down drudgery where you collapse
at the end of the day. This is not so much the case anymore. Sure,
the setup of any farm or self-sufficient endeavor is often time-consuming
and laborious, but new technologies and new skills of manufacturing
food via permaculture
and aquaponics
are offering low-cost start up and minimal maintenance, as these
techniques serve to create symbiotic systems that are remarkably

7. Generating
food and energy security
– The planet is running out of
food and traditional energy. Climate volatility, market forces,
GM foods, and rising costs of harvesting and transporting food are
all conspiring to create food
even in the First World. This trend will not reverse.
And our oil-soaked way of life is being threatened by mounting evidence
that the oil lifeline could be disconnecting rather soon. We should
be looking to the air, sun, geothermal, and wave power to wean us
from the energy grid.

8. Acquiring
an appreciation for life
– As one gets closer to life-giving
forces, there is a natural appreciation for how things come into
being. When you have created your garden, toiled there, selected
the best for harvest, and have prepared that food for your family
and community, the significance of what you have taken part in can
be transformative.

9. Restoring
– Nearly everything in our society is at a peak,
or is drastically out of balance. The systems and governments to
which we have looked for balance restoration are missing in action.
We must take it upon ourselves to restore our own financial and
environmental balance sheet. The best way to do that is to reduce
our overconsumption.

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9, 2010

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