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Answer to the question "If you were to start a petition, what would it be?" asked by ThompsonPen

Updated on March 27, 2013
Scat with persimmon seeds
Scat with persimmon seeds

I answered this question with "The restoration of free natural abundance." Some wanted more details. So here is how it went...

Rod Rainey says

The restoration of free natural abundance.

14 hours ago

  • greencha 12 hours ago

    That sounds interesting,can you give more details please..

  • ThompsonPen 33 minutes ago

    I"d love to hear more too! :)

  • ReneeDC1979 29 minutes ago

    Yeah Rod -we're waiting!

Me: "I would be delighted! We are finding out more and more that prior to the rise of agriculture and civilization, people all over the world lived off the natural “fat” of the land and contrary to popular notions, these were not times of scarcity, the people did not have to work very hard for their sustenance and they were not all nomads.

The erection of cities and urban sprawl has cleared the cores of all that will sustain more than birds or squirrels and the agriculture and livestock needed to sustain the cities cleared and cordoned off the peripheries. Furthermore, the knowledge of edible indigenous species has largely slipped away.

The beauty of native species is they actually want to grow where you live. This past summer was very dry and very hot where I live; my garden was pitiful! I finally got disgusted and let it lie fallow. In passing, I read a little bit about foraging because I love to hike and thought it could save mine or my family’s lives someday. Toward the end of the summer I ventured out to my neglected, overgrown garden to find all kinds of edible native species thriving. We had broad leaf plantain, lamb’s quarters,burdock, dandelions, mulberries, blackberries, wild strawberries and poke just to name a handful off the top of my head.

If all this could happen during one of the harshest summers on record, without human intervention, just imagine what could happen in more favorable conditions. Free natural abundance could be restored within a few years if given the chance and our helping hands. Cultivation started when it was discovered that these wild species could be given a boost. Grass is a crime. Why are people hungry when the Earth would provide for them if only given the chance? Aesthetics?!?"


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      6 years ago

      There would be a lot of things to start a petition on. I could name several dozen on employment practices alone. What eludes me on regulation verses deregulation is the fact that it tends to be decided by those favoured by it and those who our not. Yet we deny that society's appeal and only reason for existence in the first place is the fact that it is regulated. Here is a list of some things to petition and I know there are plenty. Voting should count and the electoral college should be put away. We should not have to district every town and city. Third party candidates should have a chance. Election money and conflict of interest should be removed and the people should be financing and electing their leaders, not corporations and special interest. The tax code needs changed, we are taxed all ways regardless of systems. Sales tax, pay roll tax, Property tax, City, County, State, and Federal taxes. We should have a Commodities tax since public resources belong to the people and should benefit us all. A flat sales tax and all loop holes being removed would go a long ways as well. I am not someone into the redistribution of wealth but still I believe that some percentage based system favouring the work place, its employees and its owners should be possible in terms of what is fair. A wealthy company should have wealthy employees yet all except the top seldom changes from one place to the next. The same can be said about the markets on so many things. A box of band aids might be a few dollars but at the hospitable who knows what the mark up is and this is why the medical community is seeing universal health care. If 90 percent of us can not afford a band aid I doubt that the government will be able to as well. We should be thinking green regardless of global warming because its healthy. Public transportation, and building markets close to home. It makes no sense to get your food 4,000 miles away if it can be grown in the town you live in. Building and growing your economy locally is the wisest and smartest thing to do. This is but a few like I said.

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thank You! and not at all. Source is included.

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      6 years ago from UK

      Oh how true.gggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttt

      Wow what a poster at top,do you mind if I copy it?...regards

    • Rod Rainey profile imageAUTHOR

      RodneyBlaec Rainey 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY


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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great work. I tracked and studied the scat left by animals for a month once. From that study, I learned about, many plants that were edible on my walks. I am having a bumper crop of dandelions and Mallow this winter and my Juniper is filled with berries. Thanks for the great hub.


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