Can anyone guess?
I'm no expert on the ways of the big wide world out there. Like most of us, I only have my own personal reality and the stories from others I trust from which to surmise what is actually happening on a global scale.
From what I can gather though, we are living in very uncertain times. It appears that the systems that we are currently operating within as a society may soon fall short of fulfilling the needs for which they were supposedly built. i.e. To sustain a reasonable quality of life for the vast majority of the people within our society.
The number of people who are talking about some sort of 'shift' occurring in our near future is increasing by the day. There is a lot of talk about continued disintegration of our global financial systems. There is also a great deal of concern about our global ecological stability. I know the clincher for me in this regard is the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Then there is all this talk about Peak Oil which is now being verified by governments and industry leaders. So what to make of it all? One thing for sure is that regardless of what will actually happen, our collective psyche is being deeply affected which in itself is causing an undercurrent of global unrest.
I have deliberately kept the drama of all this kind of stuff off the Ooooby site because I largely believe that the smart thing to do is focus on activities that make sense regardless of who's right and wrong. i.e. to grow our own food and to support local food systems with an attitude of fun and enthusiasm.
Having said that, I think it would be wise for us to be aware of the people who would matter most if we could not depend so much on the continued existence of the systems we take for granted in our modern lives.
In my opinion, the most valuable people are the food gardeners. Because without these wonderful human beings, none of us will have the means to come up with solutions to other challenges that may present themselves.
It is the humble gardener that we will be turning to if the *@#% really hits the fan. It is the humble gardener that will put food in the mouths of those who can solve the 'other' challenges towards a quality of life for future generations.
So here's to the humble gardener. May you be blessed with health, happiness and the desire to share your know how with as many people as you can. Our future may just depend on it.