America is in the midst of a throwaway economy. Bottles of water, paper towels and food. Yes food. Think about it. How often do you save your leftovers for lunch the next day? Or do you reach for a microwave meal? I have to admit that it is difficult to stay away from the throwaway economy. But the real travesty is our societies continuing waste of food in the midst of both local and worldwide hunger.
But how can we make headway against 925,000,000 million hungry people in the world and fight the throwaway economy of food? All we have to do is look back to World War II. AS the United States entered the war our military was woefully unprepared for the battle ahead and our ability to feed our troops as they began to deploy overseas. The answer the government had to the food problem was Victory Gardens.
Victory Gardens were a call to those on the home front to grow their own food to enable the large farms to supply our troops overseas with food. This was a wildly successful program as families and communities came together to grow their own fruits and vegetables as an important part of the war effort. At its’ height the program produced as many fruits and vegetables as the large farms produced for our troops. But how does this relate to our throwaway economy? And how can planting a garden actually reverse the trends of global warming, if you believe in such a thing, which I do. And if you don’t I bet you want to pay less for a gallon of gas.
During World War II there as many as 20 million Victory Gardens. Even in this instant gratification throwaway economy I bet we could easily match this number. Think about it if we as citizens grew enough fruits and or vegetables to erase two trips per year to the grocery store. Two trips per year times 20 million is 40 million trips. This will lower emission as well as conserve gasoline. 40 million less trips would make unnecessary a large number of trucks having to deliver fruits and vegetables to grocery stores. Again less trips, cheaper diesel and less emissions. Further the physical act of photosynthesis would drink in more Carbon Dioxide and turn it into Oxygen, thus further depleting the high levels of Carbon Dioxide. Since I do not enjoy re-inventing the wheel here is a link to community gardens: https://communitygarden.org/
There are still more ancillary benefits. Tending a garden and eating the fresh fruits and vegetables would give us a country better eating habits and maybe as a largely overweight society people might even lose weight. Also tending a small garden and cooperating with neighbors will take us out of our social media addiction, mine is twitter, and actually talk to our neighbors and teach our kids the value of community cooperation. Imagine sitting down with your neighbors and distributing our takes from the gardens amongst our Another positive outcome of planting our own Victory Gardens is that to a small extent it will decentralize food production in America and maybe we could make a dent into the 925,000,000 million people who do not get enough food every day.
Big farming conglomerates do not have to worry because those of us in the Northeast will never grow our own oranges and we do need large farms to provide the country with all we cannot grow on our own. As for our throwaway economy instead of paper towels rip up old clothes and make rags, drink some tap water instead of plastic water bottles. Individual acts multiplied by 20 million will make a big difference. By the way it takes as much water to make a plastic water bottle a there is water in the bottle. If you are not sold on your local drinking water go to your local water department and get a report on the water, it is free and legal. If you do not like what is in your water demand action from your local politicians. To sum up you can make a difference, go get some seeds, some dirt and a light to grow your vegetables inside, drink a glass of water from the tap and maybe use that old ratty tee-shirt into rags. You will save money and help just a little.
This article was written by Daniel Mahan, a writer for dusk magazine.