When author and homesteader Nicole Faires decided to retrofit an old school bus and tour America’s small farms with her husband and two small children, she expected to learn a lot, be inspired, and have some fun. But what she found disturbed her. Mismanaged small farms; clueless urbanites setting up shop to “get back to the land”; a mindless devotion to organic farming; and, ultimately, the discovery of just how dependent we are on corporations for our food. She began to understand how dangerous and fragile our food system really is. Climate change. Farmers retiring or going out of business. Corporations controlling our food distribution system while being protected from the consequences when they endanger our health. Skyrocketing food prices. Outsourced food production. With this admittedly bleak assessment of the current state of affairs Nicole and her family decided to abandon the bus trip and instead start a farm. “I couldn't tell people the solutions to our food crisis while I was traipsing around America taking photos. I had to live it,” Nicole says. And so the seeds for Food Tyrants were sown.
Food Tyrants tell us why our basic right to healthy food is at risk. And what we can do about it.
Written in an astute, engaging style, armed with examples from her own homesteading lifestyle, small farmer, homesteader, and self-sufficiency guru Nicole Faires’s Food Tyrants gives you the tools to fight the intangible battles, as well as the practical ones. Understand basic soil care principles and organic strategies to grow your own food, as well as urban farming policy and municipal bylaw changes. Armed with knowledge of the history of food security, you will have a clear picture on the issues and why growing food is a responsibility of the many, and not the few.