Hello, this is Tory with LANDiO.
As we continue to all experience this interesting time together, we're going to continue sharing information with you that we discover. Information that may affect you and your family, so that you're aware and you can prepare yourselves. We’ll also talk about solutions and how land plays a vital role in that.
We're hearing of record unemployment numbers as businesses are forced to shut down all throughout the United States, and actually all throughout the World.
Many of these businesses just survive month to month, and they do not have the cash reserves that will enable them to withstand a shutdown of this length. Many of these businesses will never reopen, those jobs lost forever.
What about the landlords that own the commercial buildings where those businesses leased a space? They're going to lose that tenant.
I've read reports of corporations, publicly traded companies, that have commercial leases throughout the United States, and they're telling their landlords that they cannot pay rent.
Discretional spending is going to dry up. Even if you wanted to go out to a restaurant right now, you can't.
All the movie theaters are shut down. All the sporting arenas are shut down.
Concerts, events, they're all canceled. And we'll be fine without those things. Entertainment is not a necessity for survival.
What are our basic fundamental needs? Water, food and shelter….and many people are not prepared.
Many grocery stores are still open at the moment, and do have products in stock.
We're starting to see limitations on the amount of products that you can buy, maybe it's only one dozen eggs or one loaf of bread. They only let a certain number of people in the store at a time. They've reduced their hours.
Some stores are transitioning to a model where you order online. Then you pull up for some sort of curbside service, and they'll put the groceries in your car.
I've seen reports of these food banks being overrun with demand.
A food bank in Pittsburgh reported a 543% increase with vehicles lined up more than a mile long, just to go to this food bank.
Demand increased by 600% in Florida for a food bank, where people waited in line for hours.
It makes you wonder, how many of these people have a garden? Have they ever thought about having a garden?
Many of them do not because it was not important to them. No one ever made it a priority.
For some people, the options are very limited. Maybe they live in an apartment complex. Even if that's the case, there are alternatives.
You can grow sprouts in your home, you can grow little vegetables, lettuces, micro-greens, and these are all things that are highly nutritious.
It's one thing to have something to eat. It's another thing to have something that contains a lot of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
As Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."
And then I heard about something that happened in the state of Vermont. Vermont issued a Statewide order that not only said which businesses are going to be deemed “non-essential”, but they went as far as to say what products were deemed to be “non-essential”.
Some of these “non-essential” items include arts and crafts, beauty, carpet and flooring, clothing, consumer electronics, entertainment, books, movies, music, furniture, home and garden, jewelry, paint, photo services, sports equipment, toys, and the like. That's including, but not limited to, meaning they could expand that.
What really struck a chord with people was the books, essentially the Nation has been turned into homeschoolers, and the home and garden.
What happened as a result of home and garden items being designated as “non-essential”, stores roped off the home and garden aisles and would not permit customers to purchase any of the items in the home and garden section…which includes seeds!
We have an unemployment crisis, which leads to a food crisis.
The food banks are being overrun, they're limiting your ability to purchase in grocery stores, and now an entire State is saying that seeds are a “non-essential” item and is prohibiting the sale?!?
They've received a lot of backlash from this, and rightfully so. A few days after that executive order came out, the Vermont Department of Agriculture said that they are able to sell seeds, just not in person.
So, what they're saying is you have to order it online and pick it up at the store through some sort of curbside service, or it has to be delivered to you, but you cannot walk into the store and purchase those “non-essential” items.
This is reading from the release on the Vermont Department of Agriculture website, where they said yes, you can purchase seeds, you just can't do it in person. It reads, "While the state recognizes the importance of gardening as a source of food for many Vermonters, the ability to browse for seeds and purchase them in-person doesn't outweigh the risk of spreading the virus. Retailers can continue to make seeds available online, delivery, and curbside. Thank you all for the concern. Please get your seeds and plant your garden."
There are a lot of people that have gardens, that do not use the Internet. I guess they have to ask their grandchildren to order their seeds online for them.
These are the things that we need to be aware of and concerned about and be prepared for it. Which reminds me of the "Parable of the Sower."
Matthew Chapter 13 reads:
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heartsand turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
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