DO YOU THINK URBAN FARMING IS JUST A FUN PASTTIME, HOBBY OR INDIVIDUALISTIC PRACTICE, THAT DOESN'T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE PLANET?
"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what a truly sustainable future is going to be like, but we do need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways, and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that."
- Dr David Suzuki, world renowned geneticist, environmental scientist and activist
When asked what THE MOST IMPORTANT THING the average person can do to help the planet, international sustainability, social, ecological, permaculture, urban and other farming, and even economic experts and professionals, including Bill Mollison and David Holmgren (founders of permaculture), Masanobu Fukuoka, Sepp Holzer, David Suzuki and many others, all responded: GROW YOUR OWN FOOD, and as much of it as possible!
THIS is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING we can be doing. NO OTHER THING aids and empowers us as individuals, families, communities, towns and cities, countries or a planet, as farming your own food.
This single seemingly 'individualistic' act, if done collectively, takes massive pressure off many systems:
- it reduces traffic congestion and emissions;
- it reduces a reliance on supermarkets and corporations, who are not doing the right thing;
- it takes control back of our own land, however small it may be;
- it puts us back in touch with the Earth and improves health and wellbeing, by organic choices and fresher food, plus healthy movement and exercise, which takes pressure off our healthcare and medical system;
- it takes pressure off a massively ailing and failing farming system, which has degraded our soil, relies heavily on synthetic fertilisers and dangerous chemical use, plus exploits nature, people and animals;
- it encourages community building by sharing produce, knowledge, skills and communication;
- it encourages a return to heirloom food choices, which promotes healthier food, seed saving, conservation, increased biodiversity and better urban ecological awareness, and the prevention of further extinction of domestic species of animals and plants;
- it sequesters carbon;
- it encourages small intensive land care practices, adding up to larger collective land care awareness and practices;
- and ultimately, much less consumption of and reliance on non-renewable, finite resources on one very small planet.
Think urban farming, with a little increased productivity and food production, is an 'individualist' practise, without far-reaching benefits? Please think again!
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