To all aid workers, please read: <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2012903160_webs urvive17.

html">http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2012903 160_websurvive17.html </a> <strong>'Survival gardens' can help save cash</strong> <em>Patches deliver high yields from small spaces and produce wholesome foods that store well</em>.

You will have noticed the following important parts of Dean FOSDICK's interesting article in The Seattle Times: (1) Many cash-strapped families are turning to "survival gardens" to help dig out from the recession. (2) They were called 'victory gardens' during the world wars because they helped ease shortages, '...... 'We call them 'survival gardens' now because they help families cut spending.' (3) The term is part of a larger do-it-yourself trend toward growing more backyard veggies and eating locally grown food. (4) Survival gardens are used mainly to raise the kind of produce that you can grow for less than what you would pay at a grocery store - .............. (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. (6) Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table, .......... Families have told us they sell some of their overage (from the starter kits) to pay bills and get medicines, .......... (7) ............sells 'survival seed' packets, and said their sal es have more than doubled in the past year. Each package contains 16 easy-to-grow heirloom vegetables, from beets to pole beans, cabbage to sweet corn. They come triplewrapped in watertight plastic, designed to increase storage life. (8) ............ gard ening with seed is one way to save on food dollars, particularly if it's the right kind of seed. =========== The fact that 1 billion (or 925 million ?) people on this world are hungry or malnourished is generally attributed by the international media to the economic crisis (food crisis), all those poor people supposed to be unable to afford the expensive food at the market. That's probably why nowadays '<em>Many cashstrapped families are turning to "survival gardens" to help dig out from the recession.</em>'. 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 the 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. 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 'victory garden'? A success story, don't you think? We 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 above) by: <em>(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.</em> If county extension offices, churches and community groups can help thes e people, it should be easy for international organizations and foundations to do this - all for little or no charge - for the 925 million hungry people of this world. Let us also keep in mind that '<em>Survival gardens can do more than put fresh, nutritious food on the table</em>, ...', but that families can also enhance their annual income by taking their 'overage' of vegetables or fruits to the market, particularly in developing countries. To offer a 'survival or victory garden' to all the hungry families of this world, it's such a noble task that no one can ever believe that all the aid organizations remain blind for the value of the experience of World Wars I and II, the extraordinary success of allotment gardens or 'victory gardens' to alleviate hunger and child malnutrition in tiles of crisis. May the light come ....!

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