In Africa, New Jersey, the UK, Russia, and Mexico, edible organic gardens are paving the way to a new trend in food sustainability and a way to give GMO companies a run for their money. Utilizing perennial vegetables and incorporating permaculture, along with planting wild growth, organic food forests like the one now growing in urban Seattle, people are slowly getting the hint that we don’t need to rely solely on Big Pharma and the corrupt companies trying to peddle GMO poison in order to sustain healthy, vital food sources for a growing world population.
Restoring local ecosystems with edible gardens and planting regenerative landscapes, even on small scale, can ripple out like a pebble thrown on a lake’s surface to ensure that rich, unpolluted soil, and unaltered seeds nourish unbastardized crops that can flourish for generations to come in every corner of the planet.
Take for example, a family in Pasadena that has allowed their lawn to die, and instead planted an edible organic garden. Edible foodscaping is also taking the place of landscaping as a vogue practice, as well as water-scaping, and solar-scaping. So not only does your food become a part of your own self resiliency in a world of Big Pharma corruption due to companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical, but even the water and energy to grow your own food becomes more sovereign and less under the greedy claws of governments and the political tight-rope walks that elected officials (of the FDA, Department of Agriculture, etc.) dance upon, which don’t always put environmentally-sound practices as priority.
During World War I, ‘victory gardens’ were often planted to ensure food supply. In March 1917, Charles Lathrop Pack organized the National War Garden Commission and launched the war garden campaign and garden campaign. There are similar activists who attempt to inspire the same idea that was presented in the 1900s – self-sustaining, small scale gardens and farms. One is called the gorilla gardener in South Central LA, Ron Finley who plants organic gardens in unused public parks where urban blight is common. His efforts completely change the food supply and the communities he plants in.
Although our governments have not declared a formal war against the people, they seem to have been so completely enamored by GMO companies that they are allowing them to plant crops that cause cancer, retard development in fetuses, and cause organ failure. While we should keep speaking out against Monsanto, even with the recent media blackout, and educate people who aren’t familiar with the near-catastrophic state of our food supply, the ‘victory’ just might be in taking up a shovel and planting some heirloom seeds.
Edible gardens can possibly save our food.