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Around the campfire: Pandemics, Parsnips and Pounds

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Jason Cozens, Glint’s founder and CEO, reflects on the important things in life…

The pandemic has brought many things into focus, especially the things we need most. It has made me think about food. Not just snacking, but nutritional stuff. Where does it come from? How is it made? How much effort? What’s its value?

The first thing I did when the pandemic started was to build some sustainable home-grown food production, such as tomato plants, and a raised vegetable bed. Heath Robinson-style I used whatever I could get my hands on. And it worked! I harvested the first fruits of my labour yesterday – some lettuce.

It was so perfect, so beautiful, it didn’t even need cleaning. I appreciated its value like never before. It took a bit of hard work and careful tending, but boy it was worth it. It tastes great, like the lettuce I remember as a child.

What do you need to do, to feed a family of four? The first thing, if you are a novice like me, is to do your research:

My local pub has turned itself into an outdoor market, selling locally produced things. I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth and always liked a bit of cake. At first, I was shocked that a few slices of cake cost £10, but then I thought: how much would I sell my home-made cakes for? Suddenly £10 didn’t seem that expensive at all.

The cost of food is going to go up, partly because supply chains have been disrupted; and it will go up even more as the value of our money is eroded due to global currency debasement.

The new lens, through which we now view the world, doesn’t just make us look afresh at our food. We all are now, (or should be), re-assessing the nature of everything around us. It’s making people like you and me look again at the nature of money: where does it come from, how is its nature defined, how does it work?

As the world borrows gigantic amounts of money, people are turning to real gold (not paper money), as a reliable and incorruptible store of wealth. That’s why Glint’s time has arrived – because it enables you to own, some actual, solid gold and use it as money.