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In the 21st century increasing numbers of people are becoming fed up with industrial agriculture and dissenting from out monopolized food system by planting their own food.

Growing your own food is the way of the future because in doing so you can influence your health, biological diversity and protect the environment by planting nutrient dense foods in your own environment.

It also puts one in control of a commodity that is, at its very essence survival, freedom and health.

In this technological world full of must-have gadgets for many connecting with the soil is a relaxing and regenerative experience in itself.

During the Second World War people were encouraged to supply their own fruit and vegetables and did so in large numbers.


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Every nook and cranny from rooftops to empty spaces and backyard gardens grew a large percentage of necessary food.

Unfortunately after the war people reverted back to the lawn. It has been suggested that lawns are a symbol of everything that’s wrong with our relationship to the land.

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Unlike a vegetable garden that gives back in the form of fresh produce and a symbiotic relationship with soil, insects and wildlife, a lawn gives nothing, requires significant chemical treatments, meticulous mowing and watering.

Good for playing football with the grandkids though it might be.

Whilst I understand why people enjoy lawns, maybe the time has come to think in a more regenerative way about the spaces we own.

It may seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things but if even a minority of people began to produce their own food, it will make a difference to the environment and health.

The aims of all political parties is to remove the need for food banks by whatever means. In addition, would providing seeds/plugs/plants and the expertise to create a vegetable garden (at food banks) be a positive step to making people more self-reliant?

Check out Grow all you Can Eat in 3 Square Feet from The Book People.

KATE TRAVERS

High Street, Sutton

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