Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does

One of the books I am currently reading is Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today! by Chris Carlsson

As someone who lived in the 1960s and 1970s counter-culture I remember what it was like to be part of a multi-faceted movement rather than the narrowly focused identity politics of today. One can be a feminist, support workers rights, be anti-war, garden, support LGBT/T rights, practice yoga or the martial arts, be interested in the role of art in both life and politics and so much more, in a manner that is a way of life.

Taking back control of your own life from the corporate interests, claiming your dignity and rights requires creating an alternative to the pre-packaged crap we are sold on credit.

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/food/150428/garden_as_if_your_life_depended_on_it%2C_because_it_does/

There are at least five reasons why more of us should take up the spade, make some compost, and start gardening with a vengeance.

By Ellen LaConte
March 29, 2011

Spring has sprung — at least south of the northern tier of states where snow still has a ban on it — and the grass has ‘riz. And so has the price of most foods, which is particularly devastating just now when so many Americans are unemployed, underemployed, retired or retiring, on declining or fixed incomes and are having to choose between paying their mortgages, credit card bills, car payments, and medical and utility bills and eating enough and healthily. Many are eating more fast food, prepared foods, junk food — all of which are also becoming more expensive — or less food.

In some American towns, and not just impoverished backwaters, as many as 30 percent of residents can’t afford to feed themselves and their families sufficiently, let alone nutritiously. Here in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina where I live it’s 25 percent. Across the country one out of six of the elderly suffers from malnutrition and hunger. And the number of children served one or two of their heartiest, healthiest meals by their schools grows annually as the number of them living at poverty levels tops 20 percent. Thirty-seven million Americans rely on food banks that now routinely sport half-empty shelves and report near-empty bank accounts. And this is a prosperous nation!

In some cases this round of price hikes on everything from cereal and steak to fresh veggies and bread — and even the flour that can usually be bought cheaply to make it — will be temporary. But over the long term the systems that have provided most Americans with a diversity, quantity and quality of foods envied by the rest of the world are not going to be as reliable as they were.

What’s for Supper Down the Road?

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/food/150428/garden_as_if_your_life_depended_on_it%2C_because_it_does/

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