As we hear the drumbeat of food institutions, agribusiness, the commodification of the entire food system, do you ever feel like we’re a part of a laboratory experiment?
Much of the food we eat is genetically modified to meet the demands of the marketplace instead of serving our needs and values.
Sure, it’s cheaper, but at what cost? Think about it, we pay less for our food than people in any other country as a proportion of our household budget, but we spend more on healthcare than any other population. And healthcare costs are rising!!! In fact, since the end of WWII, our percentage of income applied toward the cost of food has been cut in half. However, for every percentage point drop in food cost , healthcare costs have gone up two percent. I don’t think we’ve gone so far down this path that we are without options. It all about the food system and how it relates to our lifestyle choices.
New trends are building momentum in response to these concerns, such as farmer’s markets, pea patches, Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and co-ops. I think there might be even more movement toward gardening, but for the limited space and other constraints of the urban environment.
Enter the Vee Garden…