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Newsletter 153
19/10/17

The Supermarket Shopper vs. the Hunter Gatherer

Hello Friends 

For eighteen years, I have been the buyer of food for Tiger Canyons. My system of buying is not conventional. I get two assistants on the left one the right both pushing  trolleys. 

Then I move down the aisle at a rapid rate throwing food left & right. I can do a full shop & be gone in less than 20 minutes. 

When I started Tiger Canyons, a full shop cost me R800. Now a full shop cost me R8,000 

I buy what the guests like to eat, not what I prefer to eat . 

Compare this to a hunter gatherer. Unlike me he doesn’t have a fossil fuel burning vehicle to drive in, he walks to the food source. 

The hunter gatherer also has two assistants, these are his two wives who are experts in plants which can be a source of food & medicine. In addition his children are with him to carry the food. The boys learn how to hunt and the girls learn which plant are valuable. 

The hunter gatherer has a bow & arrow & a spear & his wives have digging sticks. All are made of raw materials. 

I carry sundry credit cards, most of which don’t work because of insufficient funds, but hopefully one works. 

All of my food is carried in plastic bags which will eventually end up in the veld or choking some local river or in the ocean. 

The hunter gatherer’s food is carried in bags made of animal skins or baskets made of reeds. All of these are biodegradable. 

In the supermarket, I am confronted with a dazzling array of packaging all designed to catch my eye. I don’t have the time or inclination to read the small print on the packaging, but ninety percent of what I buy will have refined sugar in some shape or form. 

The hunter gatherer is not so fortunate, his food is scattered far & wide & his protein is on the hoof, it runs away. 

To get my food has taken 20 minutes, to get the hunter gatherer’s food may take more than 20 hours. 

However, my impact on the planet is far greater than that of the hunter gatherer. My purchase has supported the monocultures of maize, rice, wheat and others. 

I have supported the industrial farmers & perpetuated cruelty. The chickens I buy are not free range. (The supermarket where I buy does not have free range chickens) They come from massive batteries where they lights are turned on & off at irregular times to get the chickens to lay more eggs.

The number of diseases that have broken out in the poultry industry in the last decade, is horrendous. Chickens, ducks & ostriches have all had breakouts of  dangerous diseases. These diseases are transported by wild birds who can fly & therefore spread the disease fast. 

The bacon which is neatly packaged in plastic comes from pigs who live in filthy pig sties or steel cages where there is no space to turn around. 

The beef comes from cattle which are fed in feedlots. Due to the fact that we have overstocked the land to such an extent, the only way to support the large numbers of cattle is to artificially feed them.  

In 1986, Mad Cow Disease broke out when it was revealed that people were feeding mulched dead carcasses to the cows in the feed lots. 

To produce the lamb in the supermarket, the farmers go to war with anything that attacks their sheep. 

When I bought 17 sheep farms to create Tiger Moon, I removed 96 gin traps off the land (A gin trap is a spring-loaded trap. When the animal steps on the plate, the steel jaws clamp around its leg. The problem with the gin trap is it is indiscriminate, it does not only catch the animals that attack the sheep).

I have filmed the following animals caught in gin traps: springbuck, kori bustard, vervet monkey, baboon, caracal, jackal, cape fox, aardwolf, cape hare, springhare & porcupine. (The porcupine chewed off its leg where the gin trap had caught it.) 

Therefore, in industrialized farming, cruelty plays out on a massive scale.

I have seen governments ban the use of a tigers in circus acts. I have yet to see a government close down a chicken battery or a pig farm on the grounds of cruelty. 

The hunter gatherer perpetuates cruelty on a minute scale compared to industrialized farming. His poisoned arrow may not find the mark & the animal will die a lingering death. The Kudu that has impaled itself on a sharp stick in his drop pit may escape wounded. The impala may struggle for hours as the snare made from wild sisal tightens around its neck. 

For the hunter gatherer, the risk of getting his food is far higher than the supermarket shopper.  (This is as long as Isis haven’t put a bomb in the supermarket.) 

The warthog may turn & gore him, if his spear doesn’t kill it, as it comes out of his burrow. If the puff adder bites his wife while she is collecting herbs, medical assistance is non- existent. The lions may attack him as he is carrying his kill home, force him into a tree & take his meat. 

Surviving & getting enough food to feed himself & his family are realities in the life of the hunter gather. 

So, what was catalyst that shifted from hunter gatherer to supermarket shopper. 

Instead of searching for the food which took time & energy, what if he could bring the plants home & plant them. And so the birth of the mono cultures appeared, maize, rice and wheat etc.

What if instead, of chasing after animals, we could catch them & put them in enclosures. The wild boar, the mountain goat, the wild sheep & the wild cattle could all be captured & domesticated. This was the birth of industrialized farming as we know it today. 

Now with our food supply secured, we could lower our death rate & increase our birth rate. The result is the human population has gone through 7 billion people. 

The problem is to support our rising human population, we have sacrificed our natural habitat & all its diversity. 

Inside those forests were other types of foods & medicines which we destroyed before we could research them. 

Now we find to our horror, (only Donald Trump is not perturbed) that our mono cultures are vulnerable to increased heat, fire, flood & disease. 

Human beings have committed a basic error of ecology. We have destroyed our diversity. 

Cattle replaced 63 million American buffalo in the North American prairies.  

Sheep replaced 200 million springbuck in the veld of South Africa. 

Ninety one indigenous ungulate species on the African continent are replaced by sheep, goats, cows, pigs & horses. 

Planet Earth is a self-regulating eco system where wind, rain, snow, rivers & oceans balance her temperature. This is assisted by rain forest, mountain ranges, deserts & savannah grass lands which further regulate her.  

If the agents for balance are disturbed the planet will rectify. If the patient is running a temperature, the doctor will take steps to reduce the temperature. 

If disease breaks out in the wildebeest, the other 91 ungulate species are not affected. Diversity of species protects the other 90 species. 

If disease breaks out in sheep, it runs through the entire population. Species that are crowded together are more vulnerable, hence, ducks, crowded in pens are “a sitting duck” to disease, excuse the pun. 

To defend our mono cultures & hence our food source we are forced to go to war with nature. Pesticides poison the insects that attack our crops, but they also poison the bees that pollinate the crops. 

We move to genetic engineering to try to produce crops that are more resistant i.e. more diverse. 

But those diverse crops are already with us but unfortunately, they are in the indigenous forest, which we destroyed before we could research them. 

I once brought a hunter gatherer into a garden of a big house in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg. He asked “if he could eat the roses". When I replied, “they are not for eating" he asked me “why did you plant them?"

The hunter gatherer will not die of cancer or heart disease, he will succumb to malaria, be struck by lightning, killed by snake bite or die in the jaws of a big cat or crocodile. 

Even if the hunter gatherer has medical aid it would be of no use. If the mamba bites, he is miles from nowhere. 

Modern medicine has increased the longevity of the supermarket shopper, but if rising temperatures destroy his mono cultures, he does not have the knowledge to find his food if indeed, the food still exists. 

Jane Goodall is urging us to grow our own food and our own diversity of food, please listen to her 

Tread lightly on the Earth
JV


The Edward de Bono Approach

Inspired by Jane Goodall, this is my 5 point plan to become independent of the super markets and become more environmentally friendly:

1. Invite people in Philippolis with gardens to grow indigenous trees and vegetables which they sell to Tiger Canyons (Using perma culture, this system was successful at Londolozi 20 years ago)

2. Hire all the fisherman in Philippolis, equip them with fishing rods and transport them to van der Kloof Lake (The fisherman get paid for every fish they catch and sell to Tiger Canyons)

3. Expand the warthog market with the surrounding farmers (Farmers traditionally shoot the warthogs because they damage their fences). Instead of industrialized pork from the supermarket, I serve warthog to the guests.

4. The scouts follow the cheetah and when they catch springbuck and blesbuck, the scouts move in and take 1/3 of the carcass. The rest is left for the cheetah. (Healthy, lean springbuck meat is served to the guests instead of feedlot beef. Please don't report me to the authorities as I am not sure this method complies with the South African Abattoirs Act.)

5. Within 5 years, turn the Tiger Canyons motor fleet to electric cars. (It is my hope that a 4x4 Tesla will be in South Africa within the next 5 years.


Guiding Course

JV is running a guiding course from 29th November to 8th December (leaving morning of the 9th)

Venue:
Tiger Canyons, District Philippolis

Subjects:
1. Guests techniques
2. Big Cat Rehabilitation
3. Habitat Manipulation
4. Predator Prey Dynamics
5. Movie Camera Instruction
6. Still Photography Instruction
7. Rifle Management
8. Story Telling
9. Camp Fire Singing
10. Interspecies Communication
11. The Spiritual Return

Bookings: Sunette
email: info@jvbigcats.co.za;
cell: +27 82 89 24680

Cost:
R10 000 per person. Food and accommodation included

 

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
Copyright 2007 @jvbigcats  All rights reserved


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Newsletters

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Elephant Trust