...you don't have a choice--Uncle Sam is bluntly, flat-out telling you During World War I, This Is How Things ARE These Days, Bucko. Ah, for the days of telling it like it is!
Sam is right, though, and this ad would look just as natural in any
magazine today. Everyone would be MUCH healthier and happier these days
if they had a small Victory Garden-type vegetable garden and ran a few
hens in their backyard.
Your kids would learn responsibility and
respect for living things in animal husbandry, and Hell, add a rooster
and you've got a little 'Circle of Life' thing going with baby chicks.
The kids would also take an interest and pride in growing their own
food, which would increase self-confidence. The chickens eat the garden
waste/table scraps, provide bug control and fertilizer for the garden.
The garden in turn feeds you and the chickens, and you get exercise,
stress relief and family bonding in tilling, planting, weeding and
harvesting the garden, not to mention the health benefits of growing
your own fruit, vegetables, eggs and maybe even meat, if you go that
route. NOTHING is healthier than home grown. Chickens also have
individual personalities, provide entertainment and make great
pets--something lots of people don't realize.
I'm starting to see
more of a grassroots return to backyard gardens/flocks, here's hoping
the local cities get a clue and lift stupid ordinances against keeping
chickens. Our economy could only benefit from people working to provide
a bit of their own table fare.