"The beauty of the seed is that out of one you can get millions. The beauty of the pollinator is that it does the work of turning that one into a million. And that's an economics of abundance, of renewability, an economics of mutuality. That to me is the real economics of growth. Because life means growth and abundance." - Dr. Vandana Shiva
“What we are calling for is a revolution in public education --- a real Delicious Revolution. When the hearts and minds of our children are captured by a school lunch curriculum, enriched with experience in the garden, sustainability will become the lens through which they see the world.” – Alice Waters
In the 1960’s, Inle Lake in Burma, became the site of an agriculture practice that has slowly decreased the size of the lake, the second largest fresh water lake in Myanmar, but has provided fresh, nutrient rich food for the surrounding lakeshore villages and their increasing populations.
Locals grow vegetables and fruit in large gardens that float on the surface of the lake. To build the floating garden beds, an extensive amount of manual labor is required. The farmers gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake, bring them back in boats and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and so are resistant to flooding.
The constant availability of nutrient-laden water results in these gardens being incredibly fertile. Rice cultivation is also significant.
Chinampa is a method of ancient Mesoamerican agriculture which used small, rectangle-shaped areas of fertile arable land to grow crops on the shallow lake beds in the Valley of Mexico.
Sometimes referred to as "floating gardens," chinampas were artificial islands that were used by the ancient Aztec Indians. In Tenochtitlan, the chinampas ranged from 300 ft × 15 ft to 300 ft × 30 ft. They were created by staking out the shallow lake bed and then fencing in the rectangle with wattle. The fenced-off area was then layered with mud, lake sediment, and decaying vegetation, eventually bringing it above the level of the lake. Often trees were planted at the corners to secure the chinampa. Chinampas were separated by channels wide enough for a canoe to pass. These "islands" had very high crop yields with up to four crops a year.
The opportunity you have is to lead in restoring fresh, healthful foods, both at schools and in food deserts of Los Angeles.
The rationale for taking action is simple. Living in the city, compared to living in nature, can make humans sick.
The city separates us from the source of our life, the Earth, with concrete, asphalt, grid-lock streets, and pollution everywhere.
Food is brought in by truck, train, and airplane, filled with preservatives and processed until it is unhealthful for us.
Fast food addicts us from an early age with sugars, fats, and salts. We develop diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.
As children, we develop these diseases early on, so that by the time we're in school, we are disadvantaged learners.
Those of us worst afflicted show aggression early on, are not alert in school, and have ADD and ADHD prone.
We don't learn the basics of creativity because we don't come in contact with nature, where creativity begins.
A child deprived of nourishment in her first three years will be handicapped in learning for the rest of her life.
By design, the food industries lock us into social disadvantages and assures we will always be unhealthy.
By design, our addiction to unhealthful foods makes the food industries wealthy while we struggle with poverty.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO KNOW OUR FOOD IS HEALTHY BECAUSE WE GROW IT OURSELVES.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO DEVELOP AN ECONOMY WE CONTROL AND KEEP THE MONEY WE SPEND LOCAL.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO OWN THE TOOLS OF PROSPERITY, TO OWN THE FOOD INDUSTRIES OURSELVES.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO CHOP AWAY AT OUR HEALTH PROBLEMS UNTIL THEY ARE ERADICATED.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS TO MAKE OUR CITY, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AND OUR PEOPLE HEALTHY AND HAPPY.
WE WILL OWN THE FAST FOOD ON EVERY CORNER AND IT WILL BE HEALTHY FAST FOOD.
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