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Foodscaping Revolution: Grow Food Lawns


Off Grid World, January 9, 2013
Straight to the Source 

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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.

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9 responses

  1. If people aren’t allowed to grow food, ostensibly for “aesthetic reasons” but the truth is more nefarious methinks…then they are forced to buy it. That supports a massive agricultural industry backed by Monsanto and as well all know, Monsanto protects its market MOST aggressively…time to start bucking the trend methinks and getting back the power to the man in the street via home gardens that produce food 🙂

    January 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    • me too, i totally agree their agenda is far more sinister than being sued for food poisoning

      January 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      • You can control the entire world if you control the food source…

        January 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      • exactly and that’s what they want, even the water supply

        January 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      • Pfft! Not on OUR watch! 😉

        January 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

  2. rhonda

    how to make the beds?

    January 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    • hold on dear will post some ideas for you today 🙂

      January 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  3. Roberta Bellard

    Water is very expensive in my city… So is putting in a rain water collection system… the barrels that are slightly more affordable “to collect water” are plastic… It is a catch 22… as on a fixed “income” and with limited carpenter skills you must pay others to help with what you need to do the work also… “it ends up being very expensive” to grow your own food…

    January 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    • here too, hold on i have some ideas … i have to run now though, post some water conserving, collecting ideas this week for you

      January 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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