Although it may not be directly obvious when you collect your weekly bags from your local supermarket, your blueberries have travelled thousands of miles by air from Chile to meet you, and that apple juice in that cider hails from Chinese orchards, whilst a steak from New Zealand adds yet more thousands of miles to tremendous and completely unsustainable total of CO2, methane and useof oil.
This is all despite the fact that most of the food we eat can be grown within a few feet of our house!
Travelling further back in the journey of our food, we come to vast , eroded fields which can only be managed by a cocktail of fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, allof which require petroleum guzzling heavy machinery., probably managed by a struggling farmer who can only think of paying the next installments of rent and chemicals.
Further back still, you might find yourself watching as indigenous peoples are tricked and forced off their land by huge multinationals who are responding to our desires by using the land of others to make sure we get what (we think!) we want. Coffee, cotton, canola, wheat for our breakfast cereal, millet for our budgie food.
It seems to be a bleak picture, but the solution is easy, beautiful and peaceful! DIY Food!!
Its good exercise, empowering, healing in a way that is impossible to describe, but can be likened to a soulful and contented reunion with the land. And if you dont have time/energy/ a garden, why not share with others that do?
Below are some ideas about food!
Creating and reclaiming productive public spaces (mushroom growing in damp places, forest gardens in parks, edible verges, green roofs…)
Supporting local growers with farmers markets, veg box schemes, and CSA (CommunitySupported Agriculture)
Food co-operatives and gardening clubs
Fair portioning out of affordable agricultural land to small farmers and organic agribusinesses
Education in schools about growing your own, Permaculture methods and sustainability
Protection of inner city allotments and green space
Wild Food walks
So be inspired and come and join Transition Brentford on this exciting journey for the life of the planet and all who dwell on her!
IN THIS ACTION AREA TRANSITION BRENTFORD WORK WITH OR SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD GROUPS:
Transition Brentford Food Growers
Brentford in Transition is associated with the slightly longer established Syon Lane Community Garden which is generally open to all on Sundays from 12 noon, with visiting school parties during the week and which provides a local example of some of the more practical activities which can be undertaken. (Rothbury Gardens behind Syon Lane Rail Station.)
Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Sew it – strictly no cash! This may fit in with your plans…?
A little bit of country life in West London
This new social enterprise has started on Commerce Rd in Brentford