J500 Media and the Environment

How farm aid can help the environment by bryand09
May 1, 2009, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Society + Media | Tags: , ,

I’m not going to lie: sometimes it’s hard to keep a little optimism when it comes environmentalism — really hard. Try watching Flow or Earthlings and then go try to enjoy yourself. It’s best to call it a night immediately, even if you caught the matinee performance. And like those documentaries as they approach the credits (or in Al Gore’s case are the credits), I see some hope for the future based on what I’ve learned about in KCCUA.

Somtimes a spare tire is all we have or need. Urban agriculutre mixes urban life with resourceful farming practices.

Sometimes a spare tire is all we have or need. Urban agriculture mixes urban life with resourceful farming practices.

We eat food on a daily basis but we don’t think about food daily. It’s only when we are unhappy with our image or startled after a close-call with our health that we talk about diets, and then, most of us are still talking about soda.

But urban agriculture can reverse this trend. Urban agriculture can get us interested in growing things in our windowsills or in plots of undeveloped land cushioned between parking lots and storefronts. Even renters in small apartments can grow plants things from eggplants to cherry tomatoes from their bedroom balcony.

Urban agriculture can help us if we are worried about our health or rising food prices. It can even lead to promising business and economic opportunities if we are worried about the lightness of our wallets. These days, it’s difficult to rely on the stock-market, so why not invest now in the soil in our own back yards?

As environmentalists and journalists we have such a hard time getting people to read and consider the truth. No one wants to hear about real energy solutions only light-bulbs and other “feelgoods.” What if we stopped trying to introduce people to the movement via the TV and instead handed them a spade and a few Fourth of July tomato seeds?

—Bryan Dykman


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I agree that we don’t think about our food unless we are worried about ourselves. Whether that be our physical image or health, only when it hits close to home do we pay attention. Furthermore I was captivated by your picture. Old tires are terrible environmental hazards(prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes) but the make wonderful planters.

Comment by matthewtb

@ Matt
Isn’t that tire idea great. I didn’t realize either how useful they could be. This just proves that urban ag is all about resourcefulness.

Comment by bryand09

Investing in your own soil? My parents are doing just that- I’m helping them plant a garden when I go home next weekend!

Comment by amandat09

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