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LEARN2: Thinking Globally, Planting Locally

One of the biggest problems with food security is the localization of cash crops to regions of the world in which they are most economically efficient. When you really look at it, if certain agricultural capitals of the world collapsed due to sudden climate change, we could be without food for vast swaths of the world. For example, a rice shortage in 2008 sent the global markets spinning downward towards catastrophe.

Food security affects more than simple nutrition. Children nowadays are growing up without having touched loamy earth, understanding the earth from which their food grows. Government officials are putting more and more money towards imports, rather than local issues like healthcare. Communities no longer aggregate together around agricultural focal points such as the autumnal harvest or spring planting.

In my hometown, we're trying to ameliorate that. Local community gardens in a strictly urban setting have been our solution. Children are encouraged to participate, much to their delight. Communities knit together strongly, forming tribes that continue to innovate and to empower themselves.

They won't be self-sufficient on these local community gardens but these are the beginnings of something wonderful.

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Comment by Daniel LaLiberte on March 28, 2010 at 10:48pm
Justin, you have written a bit more on a couple subjects I am very interested in. I would value more of your perspective and feedback on this: "Global Community Gardening Network - the idea"
Comment by Mita Williams on April 27, 2010 at 3:07pm
You bring up a number of really interesting ideas in your post. Your observation about the emphasis on cash crops makes me wonder if there is some sort of ideal ratio between cash crops and emergency crops that could be encouraged.

"Children nowadays are growing up without having touched loamy earth." Until I took a course on soils at university, I don't think I could have told you what the word loamy meant. I remember doing a search on soils in Wikipedia and was surprised what little information about soils was in it. But I think many people are starting to remember the importance of soils. Some of even holding dirt tastings!

Thanks for sharing this with the network!


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