Yet in a country where we continue to be limited by the bottom line of big corporate influences and their overarching monetary reach, the first sprouts of a mighty paradigm shift have been peeking through the dirt waiting for everyone to notice.
What I'm talking about is the decentralization of food back to communities and individuals.
Groups of children, varying in age, are learning to grow vegetables and salad greens on their own terms. Taking a page from Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf educational philosophy, the children become both the teachers and the students.
They learn at their own pace while Dr. Miller and others are there to oversee and provide only minimal, gentle guidance.
According to Dr. Miller, while observing the youth interacting with nature he states,
The food grown by the children was then used in nearby cities to feed hungry adults.
Indeed, it is because of the centralization of the food system that we are now vulnerable to supply chain disruptions that can come from a variety of sources instantly crippling unprepared communities. In addition, a centralized food supply allows large corporations to monopolize the food sources while diminishing our rights and lessening the quality.
Simultaneously the commonsense concept gained momentum through many cities across America.
This movement can be seen in the first crop (above video) of documentaries chronicling the rise of urban farming and community food forests (below video).
America is witnessing many communities develop local food-sheds in small cities and large metropolises alike.
A food-shed encompass the land where the agricultural products are grown or raised, the route the food travels, the markets it is sold at, and finally the individuals who eat it.
This is true community empowerment on multiple levels.
With these local movements beginning to establish powerful roots, we are now seeing a supercharged quickening of them with the use of alternative agriculture practices such as,
The combination is propelling
humanity forward and rebuilding the connection we have lost towards
the relationship with our food and each other.
A straightforward concept set around building community, following one's passions, and removal from the monetary/corporate system.
The open-sourced, free food movements happening in every community on large and small scales are testaments to the permeation of this idea and its unstoppable growth.
The fact remains corporations have little power to do anything in the wake of decentralized, community contributionism around a free food movement. Just recently, McDonalds attempted to get its brand into this new paradigm by launching the "Give lovin', Get lovin'" campaign.
On McDonald's heels, Braintree also recently rolled out the #AcceptAnything food truck with a similar "take anything as payment" effort to keep some semblance of monetary control over a system that is in flux and searching for solutions.
However, what corporations fail to understand is that this shift is not simply a new market, a changing demographic, or a product to exploit for the purpose of enhancing their bottom line.
In many ways, it is because of their corporate abuse, suicidal banking practices, and an overall inability to show empathy that communities are walking away from that old paradigm.
individuals and communities learn and empower themselves through
decentralized, free food urban gardens, it is an absolute certainty
that this number will decrease.