Hello and welcome back to the Gubba podcast!

I’m Gubba, a first time homesteader following in the footsteps of my homesteading forbears. In this podcast I discuss prepping, homesteading, and everything in between.

Today I am going to be discussing how we are disconnected from our food and how we can regrow that connection our great-grandparents had with our food. Throughout the podcast, we will be weaving in and out of conspiracies because our food system is not an independent and isolated system.

It is a part of a greater network, or scheme, if you will. If you want to start taking control of your food and live a lifestyle more like your great-grandparents, I have a bunch of blogs and resources on my website gubbahomestead.com that you may find insightful.

If you follow me on any socials, you have probably seen the mini conspiracy videos I make. I say I’m a conspiracy theorist then follow up with a conspiracy of sorts. Well, I believe what we are discussing today would be considered a conspiracy and we will dive into those aspects.

But on the scale of hard to swallow conspiracies, this one is pretty mild. If you want me to dive further into other conspiracies, let me know and I will.

What is a conspiracy theory?

We can call today the great food conspiracy. What is a conspiracy? Well, the term was coined by the CIA to divert truth from bubbling to the surface. If anyone thinks differently than what the system tells them, that thought is termed a “conspiracy.”

The great food conspiracy is our systematic disconnection from our food. You may think this isn’t a big deal, but it is. Our disconnection from food then leads to be a sick and blind population which then leads to money in the pockets of the system.

Whenever I say the “sytem” I am referring to a collective of governments, corporations, greedy people, and the families who run the world. All of it. That, is the system and the system dictates our lives from when we were born. I would like to remind you of a famous quote.

He who controls the food, controls the people. 

So how did the system disconnect us from our food? 

If you look back to our great-grandparents, about 100 years ago, we didn’t have convenience stores. We had gardens and community supported agriculture. In reality, there may have been better systems in place but that technology has been wiped out.

You can research Tartaria and the world fairs and all of the mysterious city fires in every major city here in America around the time our great and great-great grandparents were around and see what you stumble upon. Anyway, let me get back to our food conspiracy.

All conspiracies or, if you will, “truths” intertwine together. But Right now, we are told our great-grandparents homesteaded and settled the land. I do have oral history from my grandma discussing growing up on the homestead so i know that did happen. I just question what about her grandparents? 

Why are grocery stores unreliable?

I know they grew their own food and my great grandma had a ginormous pantry of canned goods lining the walls to feed her large family. Now, canning is not as popular and extensive food storage pantries like that are far and few in-between.

Grocery stores rolled out around this timeframe and seemed like a wonderful solution to having food instead of growing and preserving it yourself. This is a huge moment in history where we traded health and self sufficiency for convenience.

Gardens became outdated because why grown celery when you could get it from the store and not have to worry about the fuss of planting and cultivating it?

Keep in mind grocery store prices have been artificially low due to subsidies so this probably seemed like a great trade off at the time.

Now in 2024, we are starting to see prices skyrocket and people are beginning to realize it wasn’t so great of a trade off because now we don’t have the skills of how to grow a garden or preserve food so our hand is forced into buying expensive food from the grocery store. 

What is bartering?

What else did the grocery stores compromise? Our communities. Before grocery stores, we relied on our communities for trading and bartering.

Say you kept a milk cow but didn’t grow strawberries, you could trade a portion of your milk for your neighbor’s strawberries. Yes, you can still do this but imagine the grand scale it was being done on before grocery stores rolled out and disrupted this system.

We stopped depending on each other and outsourced our dependence to “the system”

Do you see the problem with that? 

If you don’t, thankfully we have a recent example on why that was a huge problem.

2020, we saw the grocery store system collapse. Panic set in, shelves were emptied and chaos was erupting in the stores. Imagine if 2020 happened and my great grandma got news of some mysterious weird funk the news is propagating to scare everyone. She didn’t have to panic because she had the necessary skills and resources to sustain her family. They were self-sufficient and intertwined with their community. They didn’t have to fight people for food at the grocery stores.

If I ran the world and wanted to disrupt communities, I would introduce grocery stores. Think about it, communities that are strong, work together, and can suffice without the system are a threat to the system.

The grocery store starts spreading through communities and they are no longer depending on their gardens or neighbors, they begin to depend on the convenience of food from a store that is from another country or a mass farm that is subsidized with some government bill.

Not only does this disrupt the community but it disconnects us from our food because we no longer know where our food is coming from, who is growing it, or how it is being grown.

You may not think being connected to our food matters, but it does. For example, if you saw a sick animal that was diseased, had cancers, was lame and couldn’t walk, would you want to eat that meat?

If that animal is sick and diseased, what do you think its products would do you to you? If a tomato was sprayed with toxic cancer-causing pesticide in front of you where the pesticide is poisonous and the people who apply it have to wear hazmat suits, would you want to eat it?

I think you wouldn’t want to eat either of those and neither would I. But because we are so disconnected from our food, we have no idea the state our food is being grown or raised in.

It’s like the quote ignorance is bliss. We are blissfully ignorant to the fact the food at the store is making us sick. We go to the grocery store, shop what is presented to us on the shelves, take it home and cook it up without a second thought.

Unfortunately, we were born into this type of system so a majority of people don’t understand what they are actually buying into and doing to themselves and their families. If you take a step back and evaluate the food system, like you are doing by listening to this podcast, you can hopefully see how problematic it is that we aren’t questioning grocery stores and what they are doing to us.

Along with the rollout of grocery stores and now being able to buy produce and meat there, we now have unlimited access to processed foods. If I ran the world and wanted a sick and docile people, I would supply them with bio-engineered food products and convince them that they are safe and effective. I mean just safe.

When people are presented with food options at the store, they will assume that they are safe simply because they are at the store and there is no possible way they could be on the shelves if they weren’t safe. If you think like this, you need to stop.

That isn’t true. We have been conditioned into that mode of thinking, but it is time to deprogram and realize the dino nuggets that are staring at you from the freezer aisle are going to make you and your children sick.

Not only will they make you all sick but they take away your freedom because you sacrifice your time and skills in order to consume it and prepare it for your family.

Time because instead of preparing food at home, you opted for convenience of going to the store and rummaging through the aisles to ultimately settle on a processed food. And freedom because the more time that goes by that you don’t learn how to cook, bake, and provide for your family from scratch, the more of your freedom dwindles down the toilet and you have to clasp onto the system to sustain yourself.

In regards to being disconnected from our food, do you know what environment that chicken was raised in? I mean, do you actually know that the dino nugget you are preparing for dinner is actually meat from an animal? You don’t know that because of your disconnection.

You could be eating lab-made meat or something worse. Who knows.

So now that you don’t know what you are actually eating, you don’t know what that mystery food is doing to your body. What kind of chemicals are in it and how is it reacting with your body on a chemical level? If you can’t pronounce an ingredient on the list, does it really have any business to be going into your body?

This is another example of ignorance. We think because it is on the shelf, it is safe to put into our bodies. This isn’t true. For example, there is a popular chip that a lot of teenagers eat that has funky colors like blue coloring and different reds and what not and the ingredients list is loaded with dyes and other chemical compounds.

Did you know that red 40 has been linked to cancer in animal studies? Of course it is inconclusive with humans, but if it is giving animals cancer, I can only assume what it would do to our bodies.

Hydrolyzed soy protein is an ingredient and when you first read it, you may think oh soy is okay and protein is great. The naming conventions for the chemicals that are marketed to us are sly and deceptive. There are compounds found in these soy proteins that are linked to cancer as well.

Of course, all of this is approved by the FDA. That goes to show their approval means nothing and you need to investigate ingredients for yourself. This is all an example of how we are disconnected.

We grew up eating junk food, so we think it is okay to feed our kid junk food. The schools feed our kids junk and our friends eat and feed their kids junk. Junk is normalized and this disconnection is normalized. I would challenge you to stand out and stop intermingling with this norm so it doesn’t continue to perpetuate.

Another story that is pressing on my mind that is close to home is small family farms. A part of disrupting communities with grocery stores popping up everywhere, small farms got taken under.

How could they possibly compete with the prices offered at the store?

Grocery stores have been a bait and switch. People were baited with convenience and now they are paying years later because of their lack of skills and now co-dependence with them.

Small farms just couldn’t keep up and around me, there were a lot of dairy farms back in the day. I got to talking with an older neighbor who grew up on a dairy farm and ran one as he got older.

He said everyone around here ran a dairy but the small dairies got destroyed when government incentives rolled out to buy their cattle and the government started meddling about with dairy affairs.

Soon enough, the small dairy industry collapsed and now only the big dairy giants run the show. I found it intriguing to talk to him about this because I wondered if he knew it was all a part of an elaborate plan to disconnect the people from their food and disrupt communities.

The meddling in small farm affairs like that devastated this area and I would imagine other small farm areas. Stories like this make you realize that we really don’t have a free market and it truly is controlled at a level that we can’t do anything to stop it.

But hey, Bill Gates is buying land to grow food and save us all, right?

Now that our communities are disrupted and we have been disconnected from our food, what do we do? We take the time to start investing into our communities and ultimately, ourselves. Source local, friends.

Look up farms near you to see what they offer. Maybe they sell meat, eggs, milk, or fresh bread. Maybe they sell produce during the summer and you can learn how to can and preserve food during harvest.

Learn how to grow your garden. If you are thinking that none of these ways are feasible for you to reconnect with your food or community, I would suggest looking to Azure Standard.

If you shop at Costco, I would suggest ditching Costco for their bulk items and start shopping at Azure. Azure Standard is like an online Costco, but you can get individual items as well.

You don’t need a membership to shop there and a majority of their products are high quality, non-GMO, and they will share what farms their food comes from. I suggest shopping here because how Azure works is once a month, they will do a drop-off in your community of everyone’s items.

This is great because this could give you an opportunity to meet people in your community who may have shared and similar interests. I know I have met quite a few people at my drop-offs and friendships have even formed from that. So if you can’t grow a garden or you don’t have any farms near you, look into Azure Standard and see if they have anything that you would be interested in and go to a drop-off and see what your community is all about.

At the different drop-offs I have been to, I have always experienced kind people who are open to talking. One person I got in contact with because we began discussing chicken feed and a year later, we will still reach out to see what the other is using for feed and if they have found any better options. It could be something you really enjoy.

Well, I hope that you found this podcast thought-provoking. I think about our food system all of the time and try to spread the message of supporting local as much as I can because I truly believe there is power in that.

Not only is there power in that, but learning those skills our great-grandparents had is incredibly fruitful. They have been lost for a reason, it is time to take back what they knew and not step away from it for convenience. It is time to teach our children these valuable skills, so hopefully these skills continue to blossom and provide for future generations.

I appreciate you for tuning in and I hope you have a good day! Bye!

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