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Let us keep in mind that ‘Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table, ...’, but that families can also enhance their annual income by taking their ‘overage’ of vegetables or fruits to the market, particularly in developing countries. To offer a ‘survival or victory garden‘ to all the hungry families of this world, it’s such a noble task that no one can ever believe that aid organizations remain blind for the value of the experience of World Wars I and II, the extraordinary success of allotment gardens or ‘victory gardens’ to alleviate hunger and child malnutrition in times of crisis.
SURVIVAL OR VICTORY GARDENS
By Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM
Ghent University, Belgium
In 2012 I read an article published by Dean FOSDICK in The Seattle Times, entitled: 'Survival
gardens' can help save cash
Patches deliver high yields from small spaces and produce wholesome foods that store
well
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I took note of the following important parts in this interesting article:
(1) Many cash-strapped families are turning to "survival gardens" to help dig out from the
recession.
(2) ‘They were called 'victory gardens' during the world wars because they helped ease
shortages, '...... 'We call them 'survival gardens' now because they help families cut spending.'
(3) The term is part of a larger do-it-yourself trend toward growing more backyard veggies and
eating locally grown food.
(4) Survival gardens are used mainly to raise the kind of produce that you can grow for less than
what you would pay at a grocery store - ..............
(5) People new to gardening can get help from county extension offices, churches and
community groups. Some offer training, others provide growing sites and a few distribute
supplies — all for little or no charge.
(6) Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table, .......... ‘Families
have told us they sell some of their overage (from the starter kits) to pay bills and get
medicines,’ ..........
(7) ............sells 'survival seed' packets, and said their sales have more than doubled in the past
year. Each package contains 16 easy-to-grow heirloom vegetables, from beets to pole beans,
cabbage to sweet corn. They come triple-wrapped in watertight plastic, designed to increase
storage life.
(8) ............ gardening with seed is one way to save on food dollars, particularly if it's the right
kind of seed.
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The fact that more than 800 million people on this world are hungry or malnourished is generally
attributed by the international media to the economic crisis (the food crisis), all those poor
people supposed to be unable to afford the expensive food at the market. That's probably why
nowadays “Many cash-strapped families are turning to "survival gardens" to help dig out from
the recession
”.
During World Wars I and II, not the food prizes, but simply the lack of food caused huge hunger
problems. All the war-affected countries reacted on these emergencies in exactly the same
way: by offering the hungry population small spaces or allotments for gardening. Those
allotment gardens or 'victory gardens' helped ease the food shortages, people eating their
locally grown food. Do you know that most of those allotment gardens still exist all over the
world and that millions of people still avoid malnutrition and hunger, producing fresh vegetables
and fruits in their 'victory garden'? A success story, don't you think?
I appreciate very much the term 'survival gardens' used in this Seattle Times’ article, as these
small patches really help families to cut spending by producing food in a cheaper way than the
one at the market or the grocery store.
The applicability of this 'survival garden strategy' at the global level is clearly shown (see
above) by:
(5) People new to gardening can get help from county extension offices, churches and
community groups. Some offer training, others provide growing sites and a few distribute
supplies — all for little or no charge
.
If county extension offices, churches and community groups can help these people, it should
also be easy for international organizations and foundations to do this - all for little or no charge
- for the 800 or more million hungry people of this world.
Let us keep in mind that 'Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the
table, ..
.', but that families can also enhance their annual income by taking their 'overage' of
vegetables or fruits to the market, particularly in developing countries.
To offer a 'survival or victory garden' to all the hungry families of this world, it's such a noble
task that no one can ever believe that aid organizations remain blind for the value of the
experience of World Wars I and II, the extraordinary success of allotment gardens or 'victory
gardens' to alleviate hunger and child malnutrition in times of crisis.
May the light come for hungry adults and undernourished children ....! From survival to victory !
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