31 Dec '11, 1pm

Self Sufficiency Is Good For Mental Health

Self Sufficiency Is Good For Mental Health

We are undoubtedly a consumer-driven society. We consume fossil fuels, food, consumer products, and services, to name a few. But for the majority of the American public, we don’t produce anything that we consume. This reliance on external consumption isn’t just a drain on our environment, but it’s also a drain on our mental state, according to a recent interview with Ferenc Mate author of A Reasonable Life on Food Chain Radio . Mate writes that the most sold drugs worldwide are tranquilizers and antidepressants. “We’re totally stressed and we’re totally depressed,” he says. The stress, according to Mate, is rooted in moving away from our ideals. It used to be so simple, we worried about the foods we ate and our community. Social ties and sustenance were what our lives revolved around. Today, we’ve become so disconnected from both of these ideals that we’re constantly unhap...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/self-sufficiency-is-good...

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