Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot
Roger Doiron - Gardening activist
Roger Doiron wants everyone to plant a garden. He’s the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of home gardeners. Full bio
to radically alter the balance of power,
very little in common.
destruction and secrecy,
creation and openness.
people as possible.
you're going to share it in turn.
or revolutionary about a patch of grass.
is when we turn it into this.
food is a form of energy.
to grow some of their own food,
to take power into their hands,
because we're also necessarily
that currently have power
who those actors might be.
as a sort of healthy gateway drug,
of food freedom.
I need to start to learn how to cook."
to look into food preservation
where my local farmer's market
with planting a garden,
in front of a white house
what my white house garden's influence
in a completely different league there,
to think much more boldly
in the garden movement.
what I'm aspiring to here.
divine connections whatsoever,
a worried look on my face,
20 pounds of squash over my head,
pretty heavy topics on my mind.
with you right now,
short video I've produced for you,
to sum up the history of gastronomy
if it weren't so tragic
of an obesity epidemic,
limited to our country.
that hunger is on the rise.
right now are affected by it.
of the United States.
and is set to reach 10 billion people
is we know that it's increasing,
that it's also changing.
a primarily rural planet
for how we're going to feed these people,
to the people in the cities.
some Stephen King fans
anything scarier than this here,
with the growing population,
over the course of the next 50 years
of the past 10,000 years combined.
to grow all this food with less,
that we've already reached
of oil and food as being linked,
one calorie of food energy.
more food with less water.
very different parts of the planet,
of catastrophic drought.
more food with less farmland.
from one place to the next.
we're seeing desertification,
we're seeing suburban sprawl.
with less climate stability
against climate change.
in one basket."
the same with our tomatoes, either.
to grow more food with less time.
about the ticking time bomb
the amount of time we all have
a decent meal on the table.
is not something arbitrary.
the American family spends
after meals per day.
to need to also fit in growing food.
that somewhere along the way,
or even perhaps leave planets.
when we only have one planet?
where the going gets tough?
of our political leaders over the years,
out of just about any problem.
our food problems and our health problems
would like us to believe
all of the vitamins, minerals
substances that they need
the chocolatey cereal aisle --
even more troublesome of late
that ought to be healthy aren't always so,
in our food system, I think.
and the more complex it becomes.
from the latest E. coli outbreak.
with bean sprouts, of all things.
shopper's dilemma right now.
big-box grocery store --
in those foods,
on the shelves.
what good food is.
from Berlin, Germany,
shopping carts and leaving them around.
what good food is,
our living spaces.
as like a full-service greengrocer.
and that's how I look at it.
message is this one:
and they are healthy,
that they grew up in gardens
to grow some of it themselves.
I think it's key to get this message out,
important economic savings for families.
take my word on this one,
the vegetables a couple of years ago,
by growing our own food.
how do we grow more gardens?
that my organization,
the resources and power that we have,
who you might inspire.
a visionary First Lady
some celebrity chefs and authors
a lot of people who wanted it to happen.
to sort of channel some of that energy
out there to the media.
symbolically putting the White House lawn
in my organization
holiday we invented
people together in gardens
as a community experience.
the next generation of gardeners,
in the United States and abroad.
that needs to be done,
where we need to go.
by the amount of bikes on the road;
in the Netherlands are by bicycle,
in terms of food and gardens?
coming from backyard gardens?
two percent at the most right now.
movement last century,
was coming from gardens.
is certainly very inspirational.
of what the garden looked like
the diagram of that particular garden,
onto our federal agriculture policy,
going to support
for fruits and vegetables.
is we could look at the tax code.
to encourage green transport
about another stimulus package.
that we need to be doing,
that gardens are legal.
At least it was.
a mother of four,
a 93-day jail sentence
to the realities that we are facing now.
new ways of getting people into gardens,
garden entrepreneurism free,
to not only grow food
the way they want to sell it
their production if they could,
that the burden of this responsibility --
creative ways of getting guys
to reexamine the infrastructure
my organization is working on right now,
infrastructure, very place-based,
to connect with one another
at the moment --
another type of infrastructure.
all get together.
through the TED experience,
when we bring people together,
together at the local level as well.
from a previous movement,
together in a single building
and learn how to become better farmers.
things that we need
but shared as part of a community,
some of that community vibe back as well.
that I showed you before,
an alternative ending.
is well within our reach,
that we all pull together.
Thank you all. Thank you.
About the speaker:Roger Doiron - Gardening activist
Roger Doiron wants everyone to plant a garden. He’s the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, a network of home gardeners.
Why you should listen
Roger Doiron is dedicated to helping individuals grow their own food. He is the founder of Kitchen Gardeners International -- a network of 20,000 individuals in 100 countries. In 2008, he started the "Eat the View" campaign, a successful bid to get the White House to plant a kitchen garden--which was planted (by none other the First Lady) in March, 2009.
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