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When the fighting of World War II ended, so too did the government's call for people to produce their own food. It was a policy that was dropped, in the opinion of some magazine editors of the time, too quickly. Since many people did not plant a Victory Garden in the spring of 1946, and the agriculture industry had not yet come back up to full production, there were food shortages that summer.

Agriculture quickly changed. Small farm operations began to give way to large corporate farms. Mechanization and petrochemicals replaced time proven tillage methods. This led to crop standardization and eventually genetic engineering of plants. This has since been the face of "modern" agriculture.

There are fundamental changes occurring in agriculture today. More people are taking an active interest in the quality of the food that they take into their bodies. More people are producing a portion of their food for fun and sustenance. And there is a rise in the number of small farms answering the call to produce high quality, organically produced food products.

No matter how you think the future will unfold, it is certain that it will include change. If times stay good, that is great. That is what we are all praying for. If times get tough, a little insurance is always nice. A form of insurance is the ability to provide for yourself and your family -- having the knowledge to produce and preserve your own food is an investment vehicle in its purest form.

"No unemployment insurance can be compared to an alliance between man and a plot of land."

-- Henry Ford

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