USDA propaganda then and now.




23 thoughts on “USDA propaganda then and now.

  1. Herbert Hoover was behind a lot of that in the First World War. Anyhting that was not consumed could be exported to feed Europe.
    You are right to point out the divergence. It is dramatic.

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    • No, my late wife produced an amazing amount of food, not only for us, but for many of our neighbours…three years later now and they still remember and appreciate it. Her generosity is what builds a community.

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  2. Also foraging! Out here in the countryside we are surrounded by raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, wild (and “wilded” or “feral”) apples, pears, plums and cherries. I have stacks of jam and pie fillings in my fridge right now, and almost all of it was free fruit + the cost of bulk buying sugar. Plus we had a freezer drawer full of raspberries from last June right up until December! If more people picked these goods I would not have had as much to work with, but seeing as nobody else gathers them I have stacks and stacks to use.

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    • Do you know how to can? You could probably put up quite a bit of jam and apple butter.

      Wild asparagus grows in every ditch here. I often see people parked along our gravel road foraging for it.

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    • My wife made truly incredible strawberry jam, full of fruit, no fillers. Lastr spring, our ‘dopted daughter asked for another jar, but there were none left. She said “store bought is not the same.”

      So I told her that we still had her recipe, and we would just have to make some more. So she gathered and cleaned the berries, and helped with washing the jars. Although I did all the cutting and was pretty damned cautious near the hot jam, because she has just recently turned 11.

      She was immensely proud of herself as she counted the jars and listened as all of the seals snapped…and I know where she learned all that from too ;-D

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      • The “sweetie” knows that real food exists because she has always ate it. She remembers loving eating baby moose liver with onions and gravy on mashed potatoes and asking if there was any more. She is going to be a good one ;-D

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  3. Part of the windfall was spent on social programmes, which temporarily improved some social indicators and made the regime popular among poor Venezuelans. But a couple of years ago, the then minister of education admitted that the aim of the regime’s policies was “not to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuálidos” (a derogatory term to denote opposition members). In other words, the government wanted grateful, dependent voters, not prosperous Venezuelans


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