Edible Public Spaces

apple tree

About 4 years ago, when the recession splashed over, I wandered through the city, observing the green areas of the public spaces between the blocks of flats, with trees and bushes and asked myself why don’t those people plant fruit trees and fruit bushes there, so they can have fruits when they need. They could have fruits all spring, summer and early autumn. An maybe the lines in front of the humanitarian warehouses would be a bit shorter.

Many fruit trees grow high and bear lots of fruits, like apple trees, cherries, pears, plums, apricots, mulberries, figs, persimmons, peaches, jujubes, cornels, carobs, strawberry trees and others (in the other climate areas), and don’t need lots of tending, and don’t need to be sprayed with phytopharmaceuticals. For some years I forgot about that walk to the town that brought me that very thought.

And guess what? Two years later I was browsing the internet and I could only ask myself if someone was reading my mind when I saw this:

http://mundraub.org/

http://obststadt.at

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Creation of Scarcity

It looks like the creation of scarcity is a common human endeavor. I don’t know if people do it overall the planet or just in the cities and suburban areas, but it looks to me like the most common daily endeavor. And scarcity in one area seems to create excesses in another area.

We are told that weather, use of oil in farming, and use of growing plants for production of biodiesel or meat are the sources of rising prices of food. Yet, these are not the only reasons. My father was a chief engineer on a cargo ship. Many times when his ship was carrying grains over the Atlantic, from American continent to Europe, for instance, they were turned back to the continent where they started off right in the middle of the ocean, just because their cargo was sold on a commodity exchange for a higher price. And even then the cargo didn’t reach its final destination.