The Soil Association has launched a campaign to mobilise our 11 million (!) UK gardeners to become part of the organic, low carbon food chain. Ros has joined us and we are starting this weekend.
Their campaign is A SUSTAINABLE FOOD PLAN FOR BRITAIN and is headed by TV presenter Monty Don. The website is worth a visit and is sure to encourage you into action, from demanding more sustainablly sourced food to growing your own. Here is a snapshot from the Soil Association website:
“The first review Gordon Brown commissioned on becoming Prime Minister was an analysis of food issues. The resulting report published in July 2008 concluded that: ‘existing patterns of food production are not fit for a low-carbon, more resource-constrained future’, and ‘existing patterns of food consumption will result in our society being loaded with a heavy burden of obesity and diet-related ill health.”
“This stark analysis chimes with the Soil Association’s concern that our current UK food and farming system is not ‘fit’ to meet the challenges of climate change, long-term costlier oil, or for providing a foundation for people’s health. Unfortunately, the Strategy Unit paper appears to be a ‘minority report’ and not the major influence over Government policy on food and farming.”
The Soil Association are very concerned about the UK’s precarious food supply and firmly believe that our 11 million gardeners will have a central role to play. They will be able to grow food for their family and for the community and also help spread greater understanding about our food, quality and supply.
The campaign is headed by TV gardening personality Monty Don. As well as mobilising the nation’s gardeners, the Soil Association and Monty are also lobbying central and local government to create more allotments. Apparently in some areas there is an 80 year waiting list.
So, while the politicians debate and pontificate, the rest of us will get stuck in and get on with it. The local farmer delivered 2-3 tonnes of manure on a trailer to start our vegetable garden. We’ve had loads of rain and the field is so wet that it got stuck - I mean his tractor and trailer! So, a 4 wheel drive tractor turned up and pulled the tractor out. Which left the trailer full of dung. We have made some raised vegetable beds to grow our own vegetables. We’ll rotavate the soil within the beds, lay in some compost and churn in some manure. Apparently, pure manure is too rich (apologies to experts out there, I’m a green virgin0. The forecast today is fine, but it is supposed to be lashing down on Sunday. This sustainable living could be pretty knackering!