The Politics of Gardening


| 6/26/2011 9:53:06 PM


Tags: Grow Your Own, City Farming, Urban Garden, Balcony Garden, Mike Lieberman, politics, Mike Lieberman,
White House Garden 

Some people use gardening as an escape from the trials and tribulations of the real world. It’s their time to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth and just be in their garden.

There is definitely that aspect of gardening, but gardening, especially growing your own food is also a political act and one that is rooted in the political system.

With the state that our current food system is in, to ignore how growing your own food is a political statement would be doing it a disservice.

Here are four articles that discuss the ties between growing food and politics:

USDA’s My Plate
During the first half of 2011, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the latest USDA Dietary Guidelines in the form of plate. I don’t even want to discuss what the drawing actually looks like. The fact that $2 million and 2 years were spent to develop the drawing is what irks me since it doesn’t address the real issues with our food system.

Food Activism
By simply growing some of your own food, you are making a political statement. You are taking some of your dollars out of the current food system. While this might be a small act, it is one that shows the corporations that you don’t have to fully rely on their system.




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