In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can–and will–overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world–we change ourselves. ~ Jules Dervaes ~
One yard at a time
Here’s the video links to the lecture Jules Dervaes gave at UCLA’s ESLP class on 4-9-08
The 19th century mantra if you wanted to prosper was … go west. The frontier offered unlimited opportunities. But, there were limits. My advice is to go back young man, go back young woman. Look at what your grandparents and great-grandparents ate? They obviously did something right—you’re sitting here, after all! They lived and carried on their line—it’s up to you now. – Jules Dervaes
A LIVING PROTEST: One family’s fight for food security
It’s a 40 minute lecture (which includes the 10 min Homegrown Revolution piece) that will change the way you think about our current food system.
It’s an incredible presentation (you got to watch them all!), one that will make you think about where our food comes from and who controls the most sacred form of plant life – seeds.
With the recent food shortage, rising food costs (up to 80% ) and food riots, it’s once again time to look back and what brought us here. Back in 2001 Jules Dervaes took his stand against the GE Starllink Corn food contamination by starting a living protest. He decided it was time to move beyond 20 years of just planting a “garden” every year and challenged our family to grow our own food — a small step towards urban sustainability and food security. Today we are eating within a 100 feet of our door, 99% of produce comes from our front and back yard. Our small garden plot of 1/10 acre yields up to 3 tons of produce (fruits, vegetables, herbs) annually. In summer time a typical meal will consist of up to 80%-90% homegrown.
Share these videos with everyone you know. Let’s take back our food system! Just like the WWII poster of old which rallied citizens with the cry ” OUR FOOD IS FIGHTING” we once again find ourselves today are in another battle, a battle who controls our food.