Food: a language linking all urban residents

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For all TED Talk lovers out there, this is a great one. Pam Warhurst of Todmorden, England, discusses “Incredible Edible” – an initiative she cofounded to bring urban agriculture back to towns & cities; this has now spread to 30 cities and towns across England. She describes actions taken in Todmorden (population 15,000) to contribute to the local food revolution. Fruit & vegetables are planted all over: at hospitals, schools, police and railway stations – even sprouting cemeteries intrigue locals & visitors coming for “vegetable tourism” or to follow the “edible green route” through town.  Pam states, “Can you find a unifying language that cuts across age, income and culture? …The language is food.” Growing food locally helps to build resilience & community. She is convinced people want to participate in positive actions & take responsibility, but sometimes you have to engage them. She stresses the need to focus on inclusion & participation in local food movements. “This is a movement for everyone. We have a motto: if you eat, you’re in.”

Standing strong in the face of naysayers, Pam states, “We are not daunted by the sophisticated arguments that say, ‘These small actions are meaningless in the face of tomorrow’s problems.’ Because I have seen the power of small actions; and it is awesome.” They push forward with stubborn persistence & vision; calling on planners & politicians to put food at the heart of a city or town – so children can walk past their food or residents can find a sense of purpose connected to the importance of environment, local food and soil. She acknowledges increasing support from the local government concerning Todmorden’s new identity, including a registry of empty land spaces.  A highly inspiring video & worth watching! I’m convinced!

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