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re land to grow own food

  • Subject: [cg] re land to grow own food
  • From: vicky carthew vcarth@in2net.co.nz
  • Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 12:27:21 -0800

I started a group recently (spacetogrowyourown@yahoogroups.com) to act as a forum for disseminating and discussing the idea of a global land trust to acquire land internationally to conditionally give to those who could not otherwise afford to buy sufficient land, but who would like to try to take responsibility for growing their own food, keeping hens etc. I have in mind a diverse range of recipients: exploited farm workers; those who have gone to cities for various reasons and find themselves trapped in ghettoes; the urban poor generally who would prefer being an independent subsistence farmer to living like a dependent zoo animal in a city; and not to overlook the exploited city employee who would rather work hard for him/herself in the country than for a pittance for someone else in a city.

This seems a palatable proposal to those of many political persuasions: those on the left, while preferring public ownership, presumably would be sympathetic to the concept of offering opportunities to the needy; those on the right, while resenting the idea of giving anything away, even with stipulations, must nevertheless see it as a long-term approach to easing the costs of healthcare, fighting crime, and welfare payments. Some public lands are suitable for farm settlements like the Brithdir Mawr site in Pembrokeshire National Park. Other land could be bequeathed by farmers with no heirs. Philanthropists should easily be persuaded that this is a worthwhile investment in the human condition. It seems to me that a global trust in today's zeitgeist might have more authority than many organisations working towards this sort of goal in isolation, which doesn't mean that they are not indispensable, of course.

So I hope lots of you would like to join the group as a starting point, and contribute information and suggestions for effective plans of action.

Yours hopefully,

Vicky Carthew

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