Activism and food production

Yes, quite tightly linked actually, those two things. The more I get involved with growing food, the more I understand its inherent importance for our ability to stand up for our rights and freedoms, and being able to support others to do so.

All movements of resistance need food. Through history, their capacity to procure themselves with food and shelter has been directly related to how successful they were – and also showed how supported they were by the general population (or how brutal they had to become to get those two things…).  In a very clear example, when people went on great strikes for their rights as workers, they had food gardens, alottments, maybe some family still lived on farms. They didn’t rely solely on their money-income to eat.

My thinking is that we need to make sure we have good, nutrient dense, locally grown and raised food, that we pay for in order to give the producer a decent income. We need this, not just because it’s a “good thing” and ethically morally right. We need it because without proper food, we don’t think straight. And without a fair food production system, we’re slaves to mass-produced industrial toxic foodlike substances… well you see where I’m heading. Not gonna go any further today.

As activists, or simply as citizens or fellow humans, we need independent, local food. Simple as that. And we need to know that we can do it ourselves, as that gives us the strenght and freedom to make our voices heard.

For more of my ramblings (on activism), check out this great blog where I’ve got the honour to free flow my words. Plenty other activists too, well put together by the great Renée Gerlich. Respect.

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  1. Thanks for this Linnea – I also read the post about activism with your interview – which was very interesting. I discovered Dark Mountain a couple of years ago and found their ideas on grief very useful and applicable. So much has already been lost, and even in the “best” scenarios going forward – more will be lost.

    I visited Whirnaki Forest with my 2 sons recently – it has the most amazing trees and life! They were as affected by it as I was the first time I met the forest almost 30 years ago. Massive Rimu, Kahikatea, Matai, Miro – 60m plus trees growing just meters apart in places. But sadly, much of NZ was covered in forest like that 250 years ago.

    But I also find these times exciting – because in the midst of the loss we can also be involved in building something new (and hopefully better).

    All the best

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