Here's an article out of Brooklyn, NY, about a group of vagrants getting busted in a city park for trapping and eating ducks, squirrels and pigeons. There is also information about them using makeshift poles to catch fish, and having the audacity to keep them, in spite of a city ordinance that mandates catch & release.
Now, I'm not going to comment on the right or wrong of this, there are several different viewpoints for that, and the article does not give a complete story. But it does make me think of a few things. If/when the economy has a complete crash, how many urban dwellers will have the know how or skills to get their own food? For those that do, how long will city squirrels and pigeons last before they are gone?
Another interesting thing was the reader comments. One actually said, "Anyone who feels they have to eat wildlife has an agenda. They should be in prison or in a mental hospital." That is really a scary sentiment.
There's a recent article going around that some links lead one to believe that Cairo was overflowing with garbage in the aftermath of this summer's riots. However, reading the article, one sees that it shows a segment of Cairo occupied by a Christian minority that has, for generations, been the trash pickers and recyclers of Cairo. Again, this got me thinking... What would you do for garbage is your local trash service stopped? I take my trash to the county landfill... what would I do if it closed?
We'd have to increase out contributions to the compost pile; set up a burn barrel for things that will burn; and collect all types of metal for the scrap yard. It would take increased storage, and there would be best and odor control concerns.
I also thought back to stories from a friend's cousin, who grew up in a row house in Richmond during the Depression. He does not remember having a trash can in the house... everything got used or reused, and there was little packaging to deal with. Meat and bread came wrapped in paper which fed the wood stove oven. The few cans and jars continued to serve the family after their contents were consumed. Food scraps fed the chickens out back. And then there was the Sears' catalog... we know what that went for.
Whether economic collapse, a strike, or just a long-term weather emergency, it's probably a good idea to have a plan B for your trash.
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