Mathew Trotter wrote:People keep asking about greens, so it’s clear that many people here are too affluent to understand the problem I’m trying to solve (and I do mean too affluent, not very affluent... which is an important distinction; like the difference between first world poor and third world poor), or else have no personal concept of job loss, debilitating illness, or natural or man-made disaster. Let me see if I can create a thought experiment to help people understand (and many thanks to all of those who understand what I'm working on and have provided much needed insights.)
I get that most people in the first world are hyper focused on growing nutrition because that's what's lacking in the supermarket and calories seem so cheap and readily available, but what if they weren't? What if you didn't have access to those cheap calories (to say nothing of their quality)? How are you making it through the year? .....
THAT is the problem I'm trying to solve. Growing nutrient-dense food is an unnecessary luxury just so that you don't have to go out foraging, but that's what it is: an unnecessary luxury. Calories are not a luxury. They're the problem you have to solve before you can put time and energy into anything else.
When the universe doesn't care about your idealism, your comfort, or you regular supply chains, what do you grow?