Roduction and policy As I was looking over all the scribbles in the margins of this book that I made so many connections were being made in my brain community engagement ideas intersectionality relationship to the land and the obsession of property ownership in Canada and how that obsession I think is part of what fuels our governments refusal to acknowledge court decisions with First Nations land claims how I need to change my own paradigm and habits in relation to food like I need to put that apple core in the compost not the garbage can even though my kitchen compost bucket is full lazy It always starts with me and my actions Just like it starts with you and yoursI think that we as global citizens need to uestion whether we really have the right to purchase whatever we want ust because we are in the privileged position of being able to pay for it. ; our detachment from our food sources; the often problematic solutions to food security devised by governments municipalities and non profit groups; and where we are headed if we change nothing in these times when change is urgently needed Many efforts are being made to introduce urban agriculture initiatives all across the country to address the problems we’ve created and to protect our cities from real.
Uick and informative read Read my detailed review here A good primer on the issues surrounding the urban gardening movement and ways individuals and communities can address the issue of food security That said it is educational than step by step how to guide It uses the author s own experiences in her Vancouver Island community as a The Complete Book of Wargames A Fireside book jumping off point which made it interesting to me as I live on the West Coast of Canada as well However since we do have longer growing seasons here it didn t go into as much detail addressing areas with shorter growing seasons With that caveat I d recommend this book for someone looking for general information on becoming food secure with a follow up book on how to do things in your area A short read and a great place to start for those wanting to learn about urban agriculture and the environmental issues around food At the last census in 2006ust over 80 percent of Canada’s population lived in urban centres How we feed that population and protect its food sources is an enduring subject of debate in food security circles these days As consumers and citizens we all need to take a hard look at the deficiencies in Canada’s ability to feed the urban poor; our dependence on imported foods and centralized food processing.
We have been taught to buy everything including food on the basis of price alone This So damaging and thoughtless really We as communities need to reorient ourselves to thinking about what the cost of our lives really are not for our pocketbooks but the cost in non renewable fuel cheap and sometimes unethical and abusive labour practices reuired to give us the food we want year round local food producers being pressured on every side to take shortcuts obscenely low prices and to produce nice looking produce for our finicky and spoiled selves And the land ownershiphyper individualism problem especially here in Vancouver is such an important piece of the food security conversationOur right to live in any sized house is not actually god given it is the prerogative of a selfish culture that hasn t had to give the needs of all its members eual consideratio. And potential crises in the food supplyWith passion and lyricism Digging the City addresses the problems facing urban omnivores in the 21st century and looks at various policy grassroots and utopian solutions being developed and implemented while considering the pros and cons of plans such as vertical farms urban fish farms transition town initiatives seed banks permaculture and water conservation projects.