Look at THIS image! See that? That’s FOOD! Lots of it. And it’s all being grown in backyards. Grow your own food!
In the USA, home of the free, land of the brave, we’re not allowed to grow food in our yards. It’s almost laughable, if it weren’t so freaking sad. But in Geneva Switzerland they not only grow food, they produce LOTS of it!
So most neighborhoods and local areas in the USA do not allow you to grow food in your suburban yard… Why not?
Because the cities, townships, FDA and USDA and Health Department is afraid that we’ll sue them if someone gets food poisoning from eating food that could be tainted or “improperly processed”.
That’s really what it’s about. Liability. The state, city, local government is afraid that if they say “Yes. Go ahead and grow your own food.” that if someone gets sick, they will be liable for allowing it. I don’t think it’s about control. Maybe at some personal, power mongering way a Health inspector might get some personal thrill out of telling someone “No.”, but all in all I think it’s more about the gov getting their knickers in a wad. They simply don’t want to get sued.
How can we change it? Just do it. Make it PUBLIC. Very public. Don’t ask permission because then questions come up and it gives them the opportunity to say “No.”.
Just grow your own food. Learn the techniques, take precautions, clean your food, cook it well, and enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor. If some pissy Health Dept. worker/inspector comes by and threatens you with a fine, get his or her name, and BLOG it all over the web.
Post photos of your garden and tell everyone you know about it. Start a petition, and fight for your right to grow your own food on your own land.
If you’re already able to grow food, then teach other how to do it. Start a blog or website. Post photos of your garden or farm online, get the word out.
Urban farming is the future, and as food shortages sweep across the world and food prices rise, it simply makes sense to grow your own food.
That equates to about 60,000 pounds of food per acre.
Growingpower.org has produced 1 Million pound of food on 3 acres of land by using an aquaponics system and greenhouses where they can grow YEAR ROUND!
You can do it too. You can turn your back yard into a garden. Grow your own food. Feed your family.
So get out there.
Grow food, not lawns!
With gardening season rapidly approaching, we’re soon going to hear a lot about the importance of soil and how much of a difference the quality of soil can make in a plant’s growth. And it’s true; soil is important. But it’s not crucial for a plant’s growth like water is.
During the 1900s, scientists learned that the important mineral nutrients that are absorbed by plants come from water. Soil does act like a mineral nutrient reservoir in nature, but it is not required for plant growth. If we bring those essential mineral nutrients into a plant’s water supply through an artificial method, soil is not really needed for the plant’s growth at all! That’s what hydroponic gardening is all about.
Hydroponics can be quite challenging, especially when you first give it a shot; but it’s also very rewarding after you learn the basics. Once you choose your indoor grow lights, understand the different types of hydroponic systems and learn the skills of indoor gardening, this method can be just as or even more enjoyable than outdoor gardening for many people. And it’s especially beneficial for folks who don’t have the room for a typical soil-based garden.
One of the biggest advantages of hydroponics, especially for people who aren’t particularly patient, is the unusually fast growth rates. This happens because the plants don’t have to grow roots down into soil to mine for food. Just about any type of plant, vegetable or fruit can be effectively grown through hydroponics, assuming that the appropriate blend of nutrients is used.
Among the different hydroponic growing systems are hand watering, the reservoir method, the flood and drain method, the drip system, the nutrient film technique, the wick system, and aeroponics. Instead of soil, plants can be grown in an inert medium such as rockwool, expanded clay pellets, perlite, perlite/vermiculite mix, perlite/coconut coir mix or volcanic rock chips. When you’re thinking about trying this comprehensive system of gardening, you’ll need to consider the nutritional and lighting requirements of the specific plants being grown. You’ll also want to develop a feeding plan prior to planting.
While there are some upfront costs to setting up a hydroponics system, over the long haul your expenses are significantly reduced. Other advantages include having more control over pests and disease, which makes for healthier plants, the simplicity of maintaining proper nutrition levels, your ability to reuse the water and the fact that your plants do not release any gases.
Yet another advantage to hydroponics is that you can do it indoors and keep it a secret. Why would you want to keep it a secret? Well, for one thing, that’s a good way to protect it. If you spread the word about the fact that you’re growing some of your own food in an indoor garden, you’re inviting problems should an emergency arise. People who are desperate enough during a crisis may become your unwanted visitors if the neighborhood knows you grow food.
So go ahead and keep your indoor garden a secret. You will have established it for the purpose of keeping yourself and your family fed during a crisis. When the time comes, you may opt to share some of your bounty with family members, neighbors and friends. But that will be your choice, and they’ll be happy that you were prepared. In the meantime, you will have control over your survival food if you limit the number of people who know about it.
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