TALKIN’ ABOUT FREEDOM

“During the war over 20 million Americans planted these gardens, some even called them ‘Freedom Gardens'”

Growing Forward

… “freedom” is earned and cannot be taken for granted. In fact, there are forces (lets call them market forces) trying to gain control of the food market for their profit. If they can control the supply of food through hoarding seeds, and the other means of production, we will pay them for their effort with whatever price they wish to charge. On a gut level we know this is wrong…   we have the “freedom” to make our own food production choices.  [Via Vegan Filmmaker]

Freedom Gardens – Growing for food security in the 21st century

Reaches 1,000!  YEEHAW!

Hey, I can’t help but be excited – simple pleasure, yeah?  All yesterday I kept coming to visit the computer, hitting refresh to see when we’d top the 1,000 mark.

Let’s grow for 1 million!  What do you say?  Can we dig it?

Whether you have a balcony garden, community garden or your own backyard garden this new online social networking community is where you can gather, grow and share.

Join together in a homegrown revolution ™ to liberate our lawns and break our dependence on the corporate powers and dwindling fossil fuel supplies.

With battle lines drawn in the dirt of our backyards, patios or whatever available place, we will take the WWII Victory Garden  to even greater heights for today’s pressing ecological issues.  Today’s  new war is also a  global war, which  goes beyond nations and individuals.  Now,  the existence of the entire planet itself  is in jeopardy.

For this reason,  Freedom Gardens grows beyond the narrow, national patriotism of the old-fashioned Victory Gardens. Today, a global, radical revolution is needed, one that will transform the planet as well as the individual.  With lines drawn in the dirt, you will not only liberate yourself from corporate controlled “frankenfoods” and petro-dependent foods,  by growing closer to home you’ll be transforming your life, your health and your community.  Through hard work and effort, armed with trowels and seeds, freedom is our fight for survival.  It’s our only hope for the future health of our planet.  And, most importantly,  by working directly with nature we do the best thing to change the world–we change ourselves!

Let’s begin “IMBY.”

Not Finished Yet

Still to come on Freedom Gardens.org

– blog with contributing editors (looking forward to this!)
– monthly newsletter
– more cool campaigns
– meet up and swap options
– groups
– flickr account
– resources

and more!

Oh yeah, we’ll be announcing this month’s (September) Freedom Gardener soon.

Told ya there’s going to be some exciting things happens – just a matter of how fast we can pull this off.

Once again, like to thank all our supporters who have donated – helping us help you.  Our growth is due in part to your generous support – the more water, care and fertilizer we are given the more we are able to grow.

Comments(2)

  1. Monica says:

    “In fact, there are forces (lets call them market forces) trying to gain control of the food market for their profit.”

    Whoa! No, not even close. 🙂 What you and your family are doing in selling your greens to locals with a minimum of government interference represents market forces, capitalism, and selling for profit — which is completely MORAL. You are trying to gain control of a small portion of the food market in your local area, too. That’s not immoral. Companies and industries that lobby for special government protections so that they don’t have to compete in a free market is not capitalism or market forces by any stretch of the imagination. And their profit is only immoral from the standpoint that they benefit from certain government-provided advantages that allow them and even encourage or constrain them to sell less than ideal products. But there is a reason they started behaving this way.

    A true free market in food with actual market forces has been nonexistent in this country for almost 100 years now. This is evidenced by billions of taxpayer money in farm bills since the 1920s that skew the market (think subsidized grains, subsidized transportation, pasteurization laws that started almost 100 years ago that further prop up unhealthy farming practices, USDA nutrition “education”, etc.), and a complete lack of objectivity at the patent office to allow patents on natural entities that have little to no intellectual property (natural varieties of plants, natural genes, etc.). The food industry is one of THE most socialized industries in this country and absent these government controls our food supply system would look incredibly different from what it is today. It is actually the exact opposite of true capitalistic market forces that has led to the current situation we are in.

    No company can force us to buy their product in a truly capitalistic system where individual rights are protected. No company can hold a gun to our heads and force us to buy a genetically engineered tomato. They can only do that if they are given a gun by the government in the form of a patent on an item they shouldn’t have a patent on, or if the government has given them a gun by putting their competitors out of business through specific regulations and laws, or if the government just fails to uphold basic individual rights. For instance, let’s say certain thugs tried to control the lettuce market in your area by forcing your restaurant customers to buy their product only. Let’s say they threatened physical force on your customers and the police failed to protect your customers’ right to buy their lettuce from you, their preferred supplier. That is the exact opposite of market forces, and that’s what we have today.

    What freedom we have left in this country — including the freedom to grow your own food and do whatever your like with it, including selling it to others for profit — is thanks to what little capitalism is left, not any lack of it. Once the government started trying to control the food industry there was no choice but for companies to try use the government (think USDA, FDA, Patent Office, etc.) as a tool to protect themselves — by lobbying and corruption. When a government official uses the force of a gun to prevent you from buying certain products (like raw milk — illegal in about half of states) because that official was lobbied or paid off by Monsanto, that simply isn’t capitalism or market forces — not even remotely. It’s Socialism 101.

    Now, I’ve gone on a long rant about this and this might all seem like semantics but it’s very important to properly identify the real root problem here — socialism. I really like so much on this site and it pains me to see you blaming our problems on market forces! 🙂 If we grant the premise that market forces and capitalism (i.e. the freedom to trade without force against others) are bad and somehow result in less freedom, we will all wind up with FAR less freedom than we have now.

  2. Monica says:

    “In fact, there are forces (lets call them market forces) trying to gain control of the food market for their profit.”

    Whoa! No, not even close. 🙂 What you and your family are doing in selling your greens to locals with a minimum of government interference represents market forces, capitalism, and selling for profit — which is completely MORAL. You are trying to gain control of a small portion of the food market in your local area, too. That’s not immoral. Companies and industries that lobby for special government protections so that they don’t have to compete in a free market is not capitalism or market forces by any stretch of the imagination. And their profit is only immoral from the standpoint that they benefit from certain government-provided advantages that allow them and even encourage or constrain them to sell less than ideal products. But there is a reason they started behaving this way.

    A true free market in food with actual market forces has been nonexistent in this country for almost 100 years now. This is evidenced by billions of taxpayer money in farm bills since the 1920s that skew the market (think subsidized grains, subsidized transportation, pasteurization laws that started almost 100 years ago that further prop up unhealthy farming practices, USDA nutrition “education”, etc.), and a complete lack of objectivity at the patent office to allow patents on natural entities that have little to no intellectual property (natural varieties of plants, natural genes, etc.). The food industry is one of THE most socialized industries in this country and absent these government controls our food supply system would look incredibly different from what it is today. It is actually the exact opposite of true capitalistic market forces that has led to the current situation we are in.

    No company can force us to buy their product in a truly capitalistic system where individual rights are protected. No company can hold a gun to our heads and force us to buy a genetically engineered tomato. They can only do that if they are given a gun by the government in the form of a patent on an item they shouldn’t have a patent on, or if the government has given them a gun by putting their competitors out of business through specific regulations and laws, or if the government just fails to uphold basic individual rights. For instance, let’s say certain thugs tried to control the lettuce market in your area by forcing your restaurant customers to buy their product only. Let’s say they threatened physical force on your customers and the police failed to protect your customers’ right to buy their lettuce from you, their preferred supplier. That is the exact opposite of market forces, and that’s what we have today.

    What freedom we have left in this country — including the freedom to grow your own food and do whatever your like with it, including selling it to others for profit — is thanks to what little capitalism is left, not any lack of it. Once the government started trying to control the food industry there was no choice but for companies to try use the government (think USDA, FDA, Patent Office, etc.) as a tool to protect themselves — by lobbying and corruption. When a government official uses the force of a gun to prevent you from buying certain products (like raw milk — illegal in about half of states) because that official was lobbied or paid off by Monsanto, that simply isn’t capitalism or market forces — not even remotely. It’s Socialism 101.

    Now, I’ve gone on a long rant about this and this might all seem like semantics but it’s very important to properly identify the real root problem here — socialism. I really like so much on this site and it pains me to see you blaming our problems on market forces! 🙂 If we grant the premise that market forces and capitalism (i.e. the freedom to trade without force against others) are bad and somehow result in less freedom, we will all wind up with FAR less freedom than we have now.

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