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Reclaimng, Relocalizing, Reconnecting: The Power of Taking Back Local Food Systems


Reclaimng, Relocalizing, Reconnecting: The Power of Taking Back Local Food Systems

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The power of food systems is concentrated in few hands, and this narrow control over seeds, food production, and processing creates a disconnect between consumers and their food with repercussions for maintaining cultural knowledge and skills, local connections, and local economies as well, Friends of the Earth Europe states.

But in places across Europe, communities are coming together to show that another way—a better way—is possible.


No examples from the US?

How long before the EU moves to make these organizations illegal through laws or impractical through regulations?



The answers to successful propagation and plant survival have played out over millenniums. We need to pay attention to nature to get the answers we need for food production and stop trying to create answer especially when we have no idea about their long term effects,


Passage of the TTIP will do just that - make these organizations illegal.


We in the west will either learn to localize our food supplies in the 21st century, or we will starve. It’s really that simple.
We cannot afford to keep shipping food all over the country, especially as the petroleum runs out, and factory farming dies a thousand deaths.
Who am I kidding? It’s going to be way too fucking hot to grow green beans in your backyards. Oh well, we had a good run.


I would take this a bit further and say refuse to use Federal Reserve Notes from the private scam called the Federal Reserve Bank if you can. It hits the banksters where it hurts the most: loss of banking fees and interest earned on other people’s money.

Barter instead when able, despite the inconvenience. Trade services or goods if you can. We have what’s left of an organic mango orchard that the typhoons didn’t destroy and we trade those in advance for veggies and chicken from other neighbors later. It’s the honor system, and it makes for good neighbors. They come over and help us harvest them, and we split the bounty. Same with our fish ponds. When people are hungry, I don’t object to them fishing in my ponds. Gives me great standing in the community.

In the United Police States, you’re just another unhappy number on Big Brother’s chit list if you start growing things in your front yard or hanging up your laundry on a line. In many communities, the taser-torture man will show up and give you a ticket for it.

Shopping in the US now is a real scary thing. No real produce anywhere. You’re just another victim for monINSANEco’s Frankenfood experimentation GMO’s at the Wall Street Chit-Food Store. They’re going to force you to eat that poison and they’ve already outlawed catching rainwater in barrels in the Pacific Northwest. Pretty soon the DEA will add seeds to the list of prohibited contraband.


Here in the islands, we’ve got fruit trees all over the place, and locals climb a tree in someone’s else’s yard without the cops being called.

Is that socialism?



Good on you and it is ideally how things should work. I live in Pacific NW and collect rain in late spring summer, would not have enough room for all the barrels I would need to collect winter and spring rain though. Specifically, Portland Oregon so cannot say about other cities but have not heard of it in the region. I also with a bucket collect my shower water in the summer to water my front and back yard which has been turned into veggie and fruit gardens.


Can’t find the Pacific Northwest restrictions right now, but if you put “prohibited to catch rainwater in barrels” into google you’ll get tons of stories like this one:

I say: Phuck em’. Do it anyway.


There were other circumstances with that story that everyone conveniently leaves out. He was not just “some guy with a couple of rain barrels” and you and others try to make it seem. The fest stories are ones that are actually true in all aspects not forced into an agenda or world view.


Now that I research it, things may have changed since I lived in the states. But I see others claim that it’s been illegal in a number of states for individuals to catch rainwater on their own property with a bucket or a barrel. Utah, Colorado and Washington and Oregon had been this way for a long time in certain areas.

Mar 17, 2015 - Lawmakers are working to change a decades-old law that prohibits Coloradans from collecting rainwater. … It’s currently against the law — in almost all cases — to put a bucket by a downspout and catch the rain because that water is the property of people downstream. But a bill changes water rights, allowing homeowners to store up to 100 gallons of rain at a time. It’s been illegal to collect rain in Colorado for more than a century. It can be directed by changing gutters …



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Thanks for those links! Amazing. We lived in AZ for 11 years and most,of my neighbors had rain barrels on their downspouts but they were in high fenced and walled back yards. I wonder if it was illegal there. Have to check! Here in the East where we have lived in various states it is not only legal but strongly encouraged- at least in the places I have lived.
Again thanks. You learn something new and awful every day!!


Always a pleasure to read your articles, Andrea Germanos. The pleasure is double, when you write about healthy food :strawberry: :cherries: :corn: There are many lovely people working towards an improved food chain, I trust we will reach there some day.