Editorial: Food is free

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Monday, May 12, 2014

“THEY have more food now than before,” Tanauan Leyte Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. said during a visit to his office last week. It’s because the local government unit distributed seeds after they have cleared off majority of the debris from typhoon Yolanda. “The people are now on their first harvest,” he added.

Many who are advocating sustainable livelihood have long been drumming up on how food can actually come free to families, all that’s needed are seeds and the will to attend to a garden, whether in a plot of land or in pots.

Long years of having everything available in the store or the talipapa have made backyard vegetable gardening virtually a thing of the past.


Two generations ago before supermarkets made buying fresh goods less cumbersome and messy to the feet, all root part of spring onions were saved for planting and tomato seeds were removed not for disposal because of the belief that this can cause health complications but because these will be dried for planting. A clove of garlic was saved for planting and growing seeds from, the same with papaya, and eggplant, and squash. Now, everything that is not cooked is thrown and plants that could have easily being propagated and provided another meal have to be bought.

We can learn from the people of Tanauan, who have been through the worst of typhoon Yolanda. Nature does provide, all it takes is some seeds. It’s easier for us here, where groceries abound because in the vegetable sections are seeds of all kinds.

While at it, residents can learn about bio-intensive gardening, the in-thing in urban agriculture. Bio-intensive gardening is the science of maximizing yield from minimum land while at the same time improving soil fertility with the less water consumption.

You do not just produce food for your family, and earn some more for additional income, you are also doing your part for the environment. How cool can that be?

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 13, 2014.


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