Voices from Russia

Saturday, 8 August 2015

8 August 2015. Another Morning at the Dacha…

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

1 August 2015. The Hunt for “Wild Food” in Omsk Oblast

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Not only do Russian people love growing things at the dacha, they love going into the countryside and forests to “hunt” for “wild food”, mainly mushrooms and fruits… although they also gather herbs, wild veggies, and certain roots. Most people dry the mushrooms and herbs, pickle the veggies and roots, and make preserves of the fruits. It’s all part of the Russian character…


Saturday, 25 July 2015

25 July 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Inspire People to Make Compote!

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This demot “lives” on several levels. Firstly, of course, it promotes happy sustainable living off the land at one’s dacha (it’s why the Russian government gives people free plots for dachas, dontcha know). Secondly, it’s arguing for a healthy society with a clear and emphatic defence of REAL family values. Thirdly, and most importantly, it’s calling Russian people to return to their roots in the Russian land, to embrace a healthy form of “blood and soil”… without any racist elements (that is, it’s open to everybody, of all nationalities and creeds). What’s not to like? Besides, dacha food is awesome… as one friend put it, “the best in the world!”


Monday, 20 July 2015

Russian Dacha Smallholdings Produced 40 Percent of the Country’s Food In 2011

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In 2011, either dacha communities (40 percent) or peasant farmers (11 percent) grew 51 percent of food in Russia, leaving the rest (49 percent) of production to large agricultural enterprises. However, when you dig down into the earthy data from the Russian Statistics Service you discover some impressive details. Again, in 2011, dacha gardens produced over 80 percent of fruit and berries, over 66 percent of vegetables, almost 80 percent of potatoes, and nearly 50 percent of milk, much of it consumed raw. Whilst many European governments make living on a smallholding very difficult, in Russia, the opposite is the case. In the UK, one councillor‘s opinion regarding living on the land was, “Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison”; tell that to a nation of gardeners living off the land.

During the communist period, schoolchildren had to work on their local farms to get hands-on experience harvesting food at a time when about 90 percent of Soviet food came from dacha gardens. During the same period, every child would be expected to play their part in growing the family’s food from their small patch of Russia. Whilst the percentage of food grown at Russian dachas has fallen since then, it’s still a massive contribution to the nation’s food and forms an important part of their rural heritage. Take a walk through the streets of Russia’s cities, like St Petersburg… you’d find people selling herbs, fruit, berries, and vegetables from their dacha gardens. Unlike many cities in Europe and the USA, Russian cities have small corner shops selling locally grown food in all shapes, colours, and sizes still carrying their native Russian soil. If you were to visit a typical Russian dacha you’re likely to be greeted with a welcoming dish called okroshka, a refreshing cold soup made from home-grown cucumber, radish, spring onion, fresh dill, and parsley all swimming in kvas (a homemade rye bread drink) with sour cream or kefir.

Food sovereignty puts the people who produce, distribute, and eat food at the centre of decisions about food production and policy and not corporations and market institutions that have come to dominate the global food system. In Havana, in Cuba, 90 percent of the city’s fresh produce comes from local urban farms and gardens. In 2003, the Russian government signed the Private Garden Plot Act into law, entitling citizens to free private plots of land. These plots range from 0.89 hectares to 2.75 hectares. Industrial agricultural practices tend to be extremely resource-intensive and can damage the environment. 70 percent of global water use goes to farming, and soil erodes 10 to 40 times faster.

July 2015

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In the West, “conservative” filth champion the rights of corporations over the people’s use of the land. Even Church figures support corporations over the people… just look at Potapov, Paffhausen, Dreher, and Reardon… crackbrained rightwing cranks all. Just look at how they support godless Republican greedsters, who are champions of total corporate domination (that’s what “small government”, “economic freedom”, and “individualism” mean… it’s “might makes right” writ large, and its apologists take home fat pay-packets (like Potapov and Dreher do)). Need I say more? Take all of their rants about “persecution” with a great deal of scepticism… they’re conscienceless whores for “conservatism”… in the West, that means the dominance of money over people. “Conservatism” is Satan’s own ideology… “I worked for it, it’s MINE”. Do ponder that one… the fate of your immortal soul does depend on your answer…


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