There was a post on Nourished Kitchen titled The Fight to Label GMOs & 7 Ways You Can Avoid GMOs.
The post was about fighting to have GMO (genetically modified organism) foods labeled as such. They currently aren’t. The author of the post, Jenny, writes how the food choices you make are becoming political statements and, “No longer do you choose whether you’ll serve oranges or apples with that peanut butter sandwich, but also, too, you must choose whether those apples and oranges are grown locally, grown sustainably.”
She concludes the post with seven ways that you can avoid them. One of those ways is to grow your own food, which I’m all about.
This got me thinking about some of the posts that I’ve received some heat on lately about politics and gardening. Especially about Michelle Obama and the White House Garden.
Some of the comments were saying that anything to do with gardening is great, politics and gardening don’t go together and that I am being too negative.
I received a comment a few weeks ago from a new reader that said, “I really hope, as a newcomer to this site, that it stays with gardening and does not become political. Politics, to me, are like weeds – they will take over if you’re not careful. :)”
Gardening and politics are related and growing your own food is a political act of sorts. With the current state of our food system, to stick my head in the sand and not speak on this would be a shame.
Yes it’s about gardening and growing food, but that’s just at the soil line. There is much more going on under the soil with the roots (had to use the bad pun).
One of the goals of this site is to empower people to grow some of their own food for that reason. To stand up against the big corporations because we don’t have to tolerate what’s being pushed on us.
Growing your own food helps to keep you off of GMOs and products produced by industrial agriculture. By not supporting those industries and growing my own, I am voting. I’m voting for my garden and not for their corporate greed and you can too.
What are your thoughts? Is growing your own food a political statement?