During World Wars I and II, not the food prizes, but simply the lack of food caused huge hunger problems. All the war-affected countries reacted on these emergencies in exactly the same way: by offering the hungry population small spaces or allotments for gardening. Those allotment gardens or ‘victory gardens‘ helped ease the food shortages, people eating their locally grown food (my own grandparents in WW I and parents in WW II did).
Do you know that most of those allotment gardens still exist all over the world and that millions of people still avoid malnutrition and hunger, producing fresh vegetables
and fruits in their small ‘victory garden‘? A success story to be multiplied all over the world, don’t you think?
I appreciate very much the term ‘survival gardens‘ used in this Seattle Times’ article, as these small patches really help families to cut spending by producing food in a cheaper way than the one at the market or the grocery store.
The applicability of this ‘survival garden strategy’ at the global level is clearly shown (see
(5) People new to gardening can get help from county extension offices, churches and
community groups. Some offer training, others provide growing sites and a few distribute
supplies — all for little or no charge.
If county extension offices, churches and community groups can help these people, it should also be easy for international organizations and foundations to do this – all for little or no charge – for the 800 or more million hungry people, living mostly in the drought-affected, desertified countries. It’s undeniable that in extreme conditions of drought, people will find a lot of advantages in applying container gardening to reduce tha volume of irrigation water needed
Let us keep in mind that ‘Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table, …‘, but that families can also enhance their annual income by taking their ‘overage‘ of vegetables or fruits to the market, particularly in developing countries (see what happened in the refugee camps in the Sahara desert of S.W. Algeria after installing small family gardens by UNICEF in 2005-2007).
To offer a ‘survival or victory garden‘ to all the hungry families of this world, is such a noble task that no one can ever believe that aid organizations remain blind for the value of the positive experience of World Wars I and II, the extraordinary success of allotment gardens or ‘victory gardens‘ to alleviate hunger and child malnutrition in times of crisis.
May the light come for all the hungry adults and undernourished children ….!
From survival to victory !