By James | GrowEverywhere on September 5, 2012
The Grow Everywhere Manifesto
We live in a time where hungry people don’t just live in far away countries, they live right down the street in our very own cities. I was shocked to learn that here in Boulder, one of the most affluent cities in the world, 1 in 8 people struggle to put food on the table and many people are malnourished. This is unacceptable. In fact, it disgusts me because I know how easy it is to produce food.
It’s easy to produce food of average quality. And believe it or not, it’s even easier to produce healthy food at an affordable price for everyone everywhere. The problem of hunger lies not in the production of food, but in its distribution. That’s why we need to seriously upgrade the way that we think about food production and consumption.
Our current agribusiness based food system is unsustainable and fails to sustain. People are slowly realizing that it’s not possible to make a profit on a large scale while producing healthy and chemical free food. The laws of economics and the powers of nature simply don’t intersect at that point!
Many people are waking up to the fact that most food that is sold in grocery stores is poising us. This has lead to an ever expanding market for locally and organically grow food. The ever increasing demand for organic food combined with the constantly increasing ability of large agribusiness operations to produce large quantities of toxic “food” leaves us in an interesting predicament.
How will we meet the ever rising demand for healthy and sustainably produced food if it simply can’t be done under the existing agribusiness model?
The answer is to grow in more places and to grow closer to home. The answer lies in creating more farmland in the spaces we already use. We need to grow on small family farms just outside our cities.
We need to dedicate public open spaces to food production. We need to start growing on rooftops, in backyards, and in abandoned buildings. In order to secure the future of nutritious and healthy food for everyone, we need to Grow Everywhere!
This blog documents my journey to help people produce their own healthy, local, and sustainably grown food. Watch as I creatively combine various growing techniques to fit each situation appropriately. Follow me as I show individuals, families, and corporations around the world how to take control of their own food supply and have a lot of fun doing it!
Here’s to living in abundance, providing sustenance, and to living life to it’s full potential.