Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Good Old Books: Home Power!

When you figure out your personal wealth, you usually start by adding the value of your bank accounts, stocks, bonds, insurance policies, equity in your home and other real estate, and end up by counting the change in your pocket or purse.

Then you deduct your debts, The mortgage on your home is usually the big one, plus other loans. What's left after you subtract the total of your liabilities from your assets indicates very well how much strength and security you have, in a financial sense.

Or does it?

Things and services created in the home have an enormous impact on the quality of our lives.

Much of the basic productive work of our society is carried out in the home. Yet current economic thining overlooks most home production. The food you grow in your garden and the bread you bake in your kitchen are not counted as part of the Gross National Product.

by the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming
Rodale Press, 1976