What we learn from the history of agriculture extends beyond the history of the industry itself. It relates to how people think about the food they eat and what it means to them. We’ve been told that farming is the source of all of our joy, all of our happiness, all the reason we do what we do, and all the value we place on our food.
Weve also been told, and this may surprise you, that our food is good for us. The idea that our food is good for us is ingrained in our culture. We have been told that our food was originally good for the ecosystem, that it was created by Mother Nature, that it was created and sustained by people, and that no one can stop this process even if they wanted to.
And it is true. Our food is produced by the land and the animals and the people and the sun. But it’s also created by us. We give the plants and animals what they need, and it is consumed by us. We eat the food and we take the water and the minerals and the nutrients out of it. We take the land and the animals and the people out of it. We put them back into it. And we recycle it. And it’s all good for us.
In other words food, water, land, animals, people, and sun all work together to sustain life. It’s what Mother Nature is doing all the time. But you can’t make it stop because nature is just this huge, infinite, incredible, and infinite source.
The irony is that while we are consuming the resources on this planet, Mother Nature appears to be doing the exact opposite. She is eating the resources, but she is also doing the opposite. She is consuming the resources, but she is also making them available for us to consume. For example, the amount of salt we consume is directly proportional to our energy consumption, in other words it is directly proportional to our food production. So the more salt we eat, the less energy we consume.
But Mother Nature is also eating the resources, and she is in the process of making them available for us to consume. As we consume resources, we are consuming Mother Nature. But what Mother Nature actually does is she is making them available for us to consume. For example, the amount of water we drink is directly proportional to our water consumption, in other words it is directly proportional to our water production. So the more water we drink, the more water we need to produce.
Water is pretty high on the list of Mother Nature’s priorities because it is the only natural resource that can grow and be harvested in unlimited quantities. If we don’t take advantage of that, we’ll have a hard time getting those resources for ourselves. Fortunately, we have some tools to help us.
One of them is a simple rule of thumb that says that the more water we drink, the more water we need to drink. This is called the water constraint. If we can only produce so much water at a given time, we have to ration it. So if we are in a drought area, we have to stop drinking all the water we can and drink only what we need. The problem is that while this is a very simple and obvious rule, it is not always easy to follow.
I’m not sure if these folks are aware that when this happens it is called “water deprivation.” The body has to drink less than it needs to survive. The more water we drink, the less we need. A person in a water-deprived state can’t produce enough water to survive.
According to a report in the New York Times, the problem is actually a huge one, since the average American spends nearly all of the year eating, drinking, and frolicking in a constant state of dehydration. These people are literally starving to death.