If ferries stopped running to this man's city, grocery shelves would likely be completely empty within three days. Similar issues exist in far too many communities all over the world. Isn't it time we start thinking about how to decrease our dependence on food shipments and supermarkets?
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Jeremy Loveday: Three days. Nine meals each, if we're lucky. Three days until stocked shelves reveal themselves as barren, until we all understand that resource scarcity is a cause of lack of security, and when it comes to food we cannot wait until the ferries stop running. Until disaster shocks us into action, everyone is a food activist when they are hungry.
But questions come slow to the belly full. We have outgrown this model, so it's time to over-grow these cities with rooftop gardens, sprouting hope, giving breath to the streets, making locally grown more than the catch phrase of the week.
He saw a kale plant in the crack of the concrete sidewalk and he kept walking. She saw an urban plum tree mark the season with the juiciest fruit, and she kept walking.
Awareness is our first step in our march toward food justice. Luckily, consciousness is being cultivated in the hearts of our new urban farmers, our food-not-lawns gardeners who are turning to the earth and learning the fulfillment that food can bring when it is harvested by our own hands. Our own hands. The process itself should give nourishment not be the reason for its lacking.
But our big-box food suffers from nature deficit disorder. From your fork to pitchforks can you trace the source of your sustenance?
Every bite counts, but when it comes to food security it is more than just full bellies. It is the difference between medicine and healing, so we push roots into the earth, stand up for the land and the farmers that feed us, for the environment that needs us. To put our love of soil ahead of our addiction to oil so we can stand strong, be resilient, and live truly sustainably. Everyone is a food activist when they are hungry and the people are hungry for change.