Will Survival Seed Bank Experience the Colbert Bump?

For those of you who are fans of Stephen Colbert, you’re probably familiar with a little thing called The Colbert Bump. Essentially, this is a term that is used to describe an increase in popularity of a particular person or item after it has appeared on The Colbert Report. It appears to be a real, true phenomenon, and was even reported by msnbc in August of 2008.

This is why I am not concerned about the fact that Stephen Colbert made fun of The Survival Seed Bank on the Wednesday March 10 episode of his show. Really, it made me laugh. If you haven’t seen his little ruse, you can watch it by clicking here.

Sure, Mr. Colbert, we can all laugh at your comments (or your writers’ comments, as it may be) about “tilling the earth with a human femur while the sky is raining fire.” After all, it is important to always have a sense of humor, even when it comes to serious topics. My sister-in-law, a breast cancer survivor, wears a tee-shirt that reads, “I love my little ta-tas” with a pink ribbon emblem. People chuckle at it frequently. Does this mean that those same people think breast cancer in itself is funny? No, it does not.

In this same vein, I feel quite confident that the American public is going to see right through the humor of this schtick and realize that planting a crisis garden is a dang serious matter. For proof, simply look at the very first comment under the video clip. It  reads, “in the yard sowing my crisis garden!”

I am sure it is easy for Americans, Stephen Colbert included, to take grocery stores with stocked shelves for granted. Most Americans have never lived in a society with a totalitarian government, where ALL of the food is controlled and distributed by the government. Anyone who has experienced this kind of control would surely not laugh at the act of growing your own food for your own personal consumption. We should ALL exercise this right while we have it. We should NOT take it for granted that this right could very well be taken away from us.

So do I think Survival Seed Bank will experience the Colbert Bump? Yes, I do. I think so because well-educated people such as you and me realize that no matter what humorous spin you place on it, growing your own food is an ESSENTIAL aspect of survival.


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