Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Too Ignorant to Feed Ourselves.
A reader named Marty took exception to the column and wrote me the following email:
In your article TOO IGNORANT TO FEED OURSELVES I have to take issue with you. Not that anything you said was incorrect it's not. It just that you really give a false sense of hope to the lifestyle you prescribe. I know that which I speak as I live in a very suburban housing development and have raised chickens in my back yard and have had gardens all my life. My lot is a quarter archer (not very big) and I grow as many vegetables as I possibly can.
The problem with this is we've eaten all them before the beginning of fall. This is not because we didn't conserve but that I just cannot grow enough in quantity to sustain for any great period of time. While I agree people do not know how to grow food and sustain themselves, I think the survivalist nuts give short shrift to the quantity of food needed to sustain for long periods of time. Not to mention, if a farmer doesn't have fuel to get his food to market, that would indicate a much broader problem beyond ones ability to sustain a stock pile of food and water.
And another thing: Lots of people do (quietly) know how to grow their own food. If it ever really came down to it, they would teach those that do not know how. It is not so complicated that it could not be quickly learned. That's the short sightedness that exemplifies the "survival" community and the same short sightedness they accuse the folks on the other side of the coin of being. That being if all things remain the same what would be the outcome?
The fact of the matter is Mrs, Lewis all things will not stay the same; people will adapt. Things will move more to a local level and as distribution changes we will survive. This survivalist crap has been going on since the 70's and it will keep going on till the end of this age. If I had started saving up food and supplies when these nuts first started gaining prominence, I would have a warehouse full of rotten food for an event that has never taken place. Is it possible all the things you say could happen/will happen? Of course it is but given the observable destruction of stars we have seen, it is also entirely possible the sun will not rise tomorrow as well. I am not holding my breath for either events.
When it all gets boiled down to it you are an elitist snob survivalist because you call the rest of us stupid for not knowing how to raise a chicken or grow a potato. I don't know how to cure cancer but others do and I rely on them and their passion. Does that make me ignorant to the point I should attend medical school just in case I should contract the deadly illness?