posted on Sep, 30 2012 @ 04:08 PM
So here we have yet another case of showing us who is in control over our rights to food.
Some of you may remember when I posted a thread on a woman in the US who had the city actually rip out her edible plants only to leave her with
nothing and a couple in Canada who were threatened with the same action, only they fought City Hall and won.
Now we have Toronto playing food cops and removing an entire Community garden with no chance even to harvest.
Amid a growing food crisis, this morning workers from the City of Toronto were ordered by City of Toronto Parks Director Richard Ubbens that all
live plants and food be removed from the People's Peas Garden in Queens Park. They were ordered to take the plants and food to the dump and lay sod
overtop of this most beautiful free community food garden, without warning, without a chance to remove the rare heirloom plant species or harvest the
Growing for 5 Months and having hundreds of volunteers and only NOW it's destroyed? And right before the harvest the day before. Pathetic.
The City actually let it flourish and planned the day down to the eve of harvest to send some sort of message...whatever the hell that is.
The garden was planted by Occupy Gardens and allies on May 1st, in defense of local and global food security. While the garden has been growing
undisturbed for nearly 5 months, with the help of hundreds in the community, the city deliberately decided to have it removed upon the eve of the
Autumn Jam: A Harvest Party and celebration of sharing, community and free local food, which is happening tomorrow from 12-6pm at the garden in Queens
Park (northwest section).
And the reasoning behind it all:
The reason? The people did not have permission to grow free food on public land.
If that's the case (which I see as absolutely ridiculous because it's in almost every city) why let it grow for 5 Months and rip it out the day
before harvest? Agenda in the making.
Community gardens are beautiful, beneficial and act as a neighborhood gathering place of sharing with friends. What does a City gain by doing
something that makes people angry and upset? Depriving people of good, healthy food when many can't afford it is nothing but a declaration of power.
They have it and the citizens don't.
This makes me angry...again. Our food supplies are under attack and we are being told in many forms that we are losing our rights to produce what we
want to eat. From Monsanto trying to control every seed on the planet to a front yard garden and now a Community garden.
I don't mind saying that this is getting scary and it won't be long before people are standing guard over their gardens with guns at the ready. I
never thought I'd see days like this.
I know some members will come along and state that they have no right to grow food on public land. BS. Those people ARE the public...hundreds of them
in fact. They pay taxes and kept a plot of land beautiful for the rest of the public.