Destroying Urban Gardens in the Wake of Peak Oil

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4.12.2009

by chycho

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/04/12/destroying-urban-gardens

 

 The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (52:46)

“Since 1990, Cuba has carried out the world’s most comprehensive and successful organic food and farming revolution, including the ongoing cultivation of over 60,000 organic urban gardens that supply 50-80% of its urban food needs.”

“In Cuba, urban gardens have proliferated in vacant lots, alongside parking lots, in the suburbs and on city rooftops, taking up some 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres). Most gardens sell their produce directly to the community and, because the economic embargo restricts agricultural input imports, grow their crops organically.”

Destroying Urban Gardens in the United States

“Around 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas, according to the US Department of Agriculture, a figure experts expect to increase as food prices rise, urban populations grow and environmental concerns mount. Since they sell directly to their communities, city farms don’t depend on transportation and are relatively immune to the volatility of fuel prices, advantages that are only now gaining traction as ‘eat local’ movements in rich countries.”

So why was one of the largest urban gardens in the United States sold in 2004 to developers and recently destroyed by the government?

  

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