I can see the day coming when even your home garden is gonna be against the law. — Union Sundown – Bob Dylan
Millions of concerned citizens took to the streets this weekend demanding their “right to know about gmos.” Every day there is mounting evidence that genetically engineered food might not save the planet nor its people.
Over a decade ago, a similar protest had us ready to grab our trowels and grow even more food to feed our family. That year was 2001. At that time, there was also a similar march against GMO foods in San Diego. My father back then had become really upset by the GMO issue and, having been in college during the sixties, he was all too familiar with marches and protests. He was always concerned about social issues and social change but he was not one to carry a sign and march. Rather, he always tried to do something with his life that would be a “living protest,” making his life a “sign” everyone could see and read. So, in 2001, rather than march, he decided to make a more determined stand with his life (his “Alamo”). That year our harvest weigh in was over 2000 lbs and that was not only shocking but also encouraging. It proved that one could grow a reasonable amount of food on a typical city lot (1/10th garden plot). This was the way to fight and really prove a point.
I found this interesting article which somewhat reflect our attitude regarding the March against Monsanto.
[…] It’s not enough to simply tell people to eat organic, or vote for initiatives that will label GMOs. The very first thing you can do is plant your own garden. If you have the space, plant a garden larger than what you need to feed your family and help someone that is less fortunate with some fresh homegrown food from your garden. What if you don’t have a yard to plant in? One option is growing indoors. […]
A dozen years later, our small city lot is still productive and a growing (every day) protest, yeilding over 6000 lbs. a year, giving us not only (most) of all our produce but also an income to boot.
If you haven’t already seen our little (award winning) “homemade” film (Homegrown Revolution), now is as good time as any to see it again. Our goal is to inspire others to GROW THEIR OWN. To us, this is the best way to take a stand against Monsanto.
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