Ecojustice: Food

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Food focuses on the food web from the human viewpoint — food for humans. (Food for non-human organisms is covered in Habitat and Shelter.) When thinking about food for humans, here are some questions we can ask:
— How is our food grown?
— Which humans have easy access to food, and which humans find it hard to get food?
— What is it like to grow our own food?

a. Tire Gardens

Tire gardens were developed for developing countries and for use in disaster zones. Advantages: allows for intensive horticulture in small spaces (even in cities); garden is elevated for ease of cultivation; soil is prepared (in case local soil is contaminated).

History and philosophy of tire gardens:

How to build tire gardens:

Part One: Materials
Part Two: Soil and Compost
Part Three: Plants and Seeds
Part Four: Natural Pesticides
Part Six: Preparing the Tires

Haiti “Ekovilaj” (Ecovillage) formed after the 2012 earthquake:

More on the Ecovillage

Cutting the tire when you don’t have a machete:




b. build/plant herb/flower garden

c. local food system

d. field trip to local farm