Must-Read: Charlie Stross guessed that it requires a population of at least 100 million to operate our current division of labor at our current level of productivity. Here Andy George goes about the division of labor from the other end--and he cheats: he doesn't domesticate and evolve his wheat, for example...

Andy George: How to Make Everything:

I spent 6 months and $1500 to completely make a sandwich from scratch. Including growing my own vegetables, making my own salt from ocean water, milking a cow to make cheese, grinding my own flour from wheat, collecting my own honey, and killing a chicken myself.

My quest does not just cover food. In my new video series, I set out to challenge myself to make many every day items we take for granted from scratch. Subscribe to my channel and watch the full episode... and catch my next episode, where I make a suit from scratch, which after factoring in production costs and labor totals to around $4,000!