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?
and services created in the home have an enormous impact on the quality
of our lives.
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.
from the Introduction
by the editors of Organic Gardening and Farming