This TED talk describes how local communities and the world at large can begin to use its land more effectively. Pam Warhurst explains how she and a small group of garden revolutionaries began planting edible herbs, fruits and vegetables around their village in England without permission. The result? Countless miles of previously unused land has been converted into healthy chow. Pam is urging the world to stop growing ‘pretty’ flowers simply for their aesthetic value and start growing edible plants in their place. Oh, those vines wrapped around city hall’s bicycle rack? Strawberries. Help yourself.
The idea of edible landscaping has also spread to homeowners around the world who are choosing to transform their front and back yards into gardens in place of traditional shrub-style landscaping. Ros Creasy has actually been practicing edible landscaping for three decades! Everyday Joes and Janes are beginning to adopt more sustainable lifestyles through edible landscaping. Not only does the practice save you a nice chunk of cash, it is also a healthier alternative to the food you eat. It makes the environment happy as well by decreasing the amount of space required for commercial agriculture.
Whether through personal or communal gardening, keeping edible landscapes is an easily approachable and sustainable lifestyle. Anyone can do it. As Pam Warhurst said, “if you eat food, you’re in!”
Your body, your community, your planet, and the future will thank you!