The top 10 benefits of living in the country
By: David Armstrong
(Natural News) In a recent podcast Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, took a look at what makes country living much more fulfilling and why it is a much more sustainable lifestyle that living in the city.
Adams should know. He lives on a ranch in central Texas and raises goats, chickens, donkeys and other animals. He’s the inventor of the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow System (FoodRising.org) and runs a food science laboratory, conducting elemental analysis of foods, soils and water samples.
If you’ve ever considering exchanging the rat race of city life for the tranquility of life in rural America, now is as good a time as any to make the transition. As noted in his podcast, which you can click on and listen to below, there are a number of reasons why that’s a smart choice to make.
Adams, who is also a co-founder of TalkNetwork.com, says that living in the country “is very rewarding,” in no small part because “it gives you life skills that I think you will find to be very important for preparedness, survival and self-reliance down the road.”
As mentioned, Adams also notes that it’s not at all possible to live very “green” in the city, and while you can do a lot to reduce your carbon footprint like driving a hybrid vehicle, eating organic foods and using organic products like those you can find at the Health Ranger Store, much of what makes city life unsustainable — such as power generation — is out of your control, the burning of fossil fuels and widespread waste.
“A city has to import its energy, import its water, import its food, and it exports waste — raw sewage,” he said. And that doesn’t even include emissions of all kinds and “excess heat,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, another reason for living in the country is that life there is sustainable: You can drill a well for water, grow a lot of your own foods (without GMOs or pesticides), set up your own power grid via solar or wind and create compost that you can use to keep soil fertile.
“You can’t eat more locally than eating out of your own garden,” said Adams.
He noted something that has always struck him as odd: Many of those who advocate for “green lifestyles” are usually progressive and liberal, but actually do live in cities rather than living the life they prescribe for others.
“They live in the most unsustainable, non-green environment possible,” he said, like concrete apartment buildings “in the middle of an artificial construct known as a city.”
Meanwhile, the people who really are living green “are derided as ‘rednecks’ and ‘country people’” with low IQs, “which is completely false,” Adams said, adding that he would take his rural lifestyle and its true sustainability over that of any city-dweller who only advocates for it.
For instance, he said, every morning for breakfast he makes a smoothie using, in large part, vegetables and other ingredients that are grown locally or on his farm. But city dwellers have to travel miles and miles, very often, in order to purchase the same items that are less nutritious and likely full of GMOs after being packaged in a plastic bag (that will end up in a landfill) and trucked in.
“You have CO2 emissions, you have fossil fuel consumption, you have road miles on that lettuce you pick up at the store thinking you’re living green when you’re actually not,” said Adams.
That’s reason number one for living out in the country, he noted: The ability to grow and harvest fresh foods that don’t require the use of any unsustainable, non-green resources in order to obtain.
There are many more reasons for living in the country, and Adams discusses them all in his podcast. Click below to listen or click here.