A not-so-home-grown example of feeding the world

This was my garden last year (after Hank tried to destroy it…).DSCI0055

This is my garden this year.

In hopes that Hank, the digmaster pictured above, doesn’t get into my garden this year, I put down chicken wire. Now, I know that doesn’t mean it’ll still keep him out, but we’ll see. Anyways, planting my garden got me thinking.

On Earth Day, (last Friday, April 22) I read an article called Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero, where it gave an unlikely list of world food production goals to raising enough food to feed the world through a example about Africa.  Number 4 on the list read:

4.  Feeding Cities. The U.N. estimates that 70 percent of the world’s people will live in cities by 2050, putting stress on available food. Urban agriculture projects are helping to improve food security, raise incomes, empower women, and improve urban environments. In sub-Saharan Africa, the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) has helped city farmers build food gardens, using old tires to create crop beds. And community supported agriculture (CSA) programs in Cape Town, South Africa, are helping to raise incomes and provide produce for school meals.

Urban agriculture. Even though I was raised on a ranch, still own cattle and work for farmers, I am a townie. Thus I’m growing my garden to feel a little more like home. But it really makes me worried knowing that people think we can raise enough food to feed the world if everyone had a little garden in their yard, like me!

The truth is, the world population is increasing and we do need to find ways to increase food production, through technology and innovation to feed the hungry world. Not by “Increasing land” through urban gardens. This video really puts the amount of people and the food we need to raise to feed them, into perspective:

I really don’t expect to even grow enough veggies for a jar of salsa in my garden, but I went to the effort to grow a garden for my own enjoyment and I like a challenge (note again my failure last year!). I’m not putting down people who grow urban gardens, just showing the facts about what it will take to feed the world.

Right now I’m starting with around 25 plants – so we’ll see how much my garden yields by the end of the summer!

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