Food production is worthy of some public funding, but don’t base that support on the total volume of output or the area in production, but rather the ratio of outputs to inputs and expand a framework supporting a transition to lower input costs without greatly sacrificing production levels.
Four more backyard ‘weeds’ that also exotic edibles, guaranteed to add a diversity to your diet, save you a few dollars on groceries and put you a few steps forward on a zero-mile diet: Stinging Nettle, Common Plantain, Sheperd’s Purse and Common Meadow Violet.
Community forest gardens can fulfill the all the roles of community gardens and contribute to food security, and also make the best use of space and become a source of ecological goods and services and visual aesthetics in the concrete jungle.
We undervalue the biodiversity that is fundamental to our food supplies. Preserving and culturing diverse production opportunities will lower the risks to agricultural producers and interruptions to global food supplies.
Many common lawn and garden weeds are tasty, nutritious additions to summer fare. Enjoy the bounty of exotic edible greens at your doorstep including dandelions, wild mustard, chickweed, lamb’s quarters, purslane and clover.