Rosie Boycott

As the financial hub of the city crumbles, we have to find a way to build a food system that will make us all the more resilient to future shocks;

Oh, agreed, we do.

Now, what would be the most resilient system possible? That would be one where we get our food from a wide variety of places. One where we are not dependent upon the weather in a particular growing season, a particular location.

That is, we would move as far as we could to a global trading system to suppply our food. Not a system which relied upon what we can grow within 10, 50 or 100 miles of where we happen to be.

What is it that Rosie suggests? That we should move away from the global market and produce more of our food locally.


11 thoughts on “Rosie Boycott”

  1. She sounds like those far-right nuts who live in the Rockies with a year’s supply of food waiting for the glorious revolution.

    On a more serious point, though, there is some sense in people developing a sort of “backup plan” for the tough times: learning new job skills that are more marketable, etc. But the idea that we should return to our caves because the Dow has taken a beating is loopy. But then Rosie is not, to be blunt, the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  2. Some of the comments are pretty good. One guy noted that London needs to import loads of humans each day as well…

  3. What stops you from keeping chicken, quail or rabbit for meat(or eggs resp.), and place a few buckets for hydroponic tomatoes, peppers, chillies and some trays for hydroponic salads and other greens on the patio? You can grow carrots and strawberries in soil pots too, and potatoes in big bins. It’s a great hobby and not as work intensive as an allotment, most things you can set up to run automatically, and animals are always a pleasure to spend time with — quails are especially easy to keep and do not take up much space, but deliver lovely eggs.

    True it’s not so easy to garden in the winter and of course it’s not a complete solution, but it gets there part of the way and it’s also good for people to garden and spend time with animals, and most animals kept like that will have better lives than if they are raised on a commercial farm. Ecologically it’s also better since it’s easier to ferry fertiliser and feed that does not need refrigeration.

    So I’m not sure what your beef here with Rosie is — there would still be plenty of food on sale in the supermarket, but if people know how to competently grow a variety of veg, fruit and meat using modern technology in their backgarden or on their balcony, it can only improve on the current situation.

    Start here:

  4. Cinnamon,

    The only thing stopping people is personal choice. If we choose to keep quail then it involves a time commitment that tends to reduce the amount of time we have for other things.

    That’s fine if you want to do it, but if it becomes a necessity then it takes away either work-time or leisure time and therefore makes you poorer.

  5. My cats would love me to keep quail. 🙂

    Actually, not sure they’d make it past me, never mind the cats. Honey-roast quail, mmmm…

    If you have a garden, fresh fruit/herbs/salad leave are a good choice. And if you have room, fruit trees mostly look after themselves after the first couple of years.

  6. Mr. Portato, I hear you, but for a lot of people a time is about to come where time is plenty and resources are scarce. People are already hitting the credit cards and sticking to minimum payments, in order to pay for everyday life.

    Another thing I’d like to point out here is I find that people who start raising animals often start to get their life together in other ways because of the discipline this inspires and the planning skills it hones. Kids that farm for the family table learn responsibility early on — especially when pocket money is involved.

    @JuliaM: beware, hatching quails are the cutest thing on the planet…

    Growing plants and animals is quite the feel-good hobby, which is another reason why I think it’s good if people take it up 🙂

  7. As I pointed out on an earlier post, comparative advantage means I should refrain from growing food and farmers should refrain from software engineering.

    Besides, I live in a second floor apartment.

  8. Aww David, farming ist verboten for geeks, and coding a no-no for farmers? How very strict and orderly of you 😀

    Actually, think of mini farming like simple customisation with (say) VB script, or Grease Monkey by clued users.

    In the second floor of an apartment, you can easily keep bees, makes for a great show as well, see here:

    But only if you want to of course, just saying that it’s possible in principle if you were so inclined 🙂

  9. “for a lot of people a time is about to come where time is plenty and resources are scarce.”

    For values of “a lot” that encompass <5% of currently employed people (if unemployment goes over 10%, I’ll eat an entire fucking hatstand), perhaps.

  10. No doubt it is fun for certain people; perhaps there are hidden benefits. But this is no more an alternative way of feeding the population than two tin cans and a piece of string are an alternative to BT.

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