This has to change.
In this time of economic difficulty for so many people, being able to grow their own food should be viewed as a fundamental human right.
What I propose is federal "Right to Garden" legislation that would guarantee the right of everyone to grow food in some fashion. I think that it should state that anywhere that gardening of ornamental plants is allowed, edibles should also be allowed. If a landlord doesn't want the ground of their property torn up, they should not be able to prevent tenants from at least having a container garden.
I find it especially upsetting that low-income housing would restrict tenants from growing food. These people are most likely dependent on food assistance from the government in addition to the housing assistance, so wouldn't it make more sense for the government to encourage people to grow their own food rather than restrict it? This is why I think this should be pushed at the federal level: food stamp funding is largely (if not entirely, I'm not really sure) federal, so these stupid policies are cutting into the federal budget, so that is where the problem should be addressed.
With all this in mind, I'm writing my US Senators and Representative this week, along with Michelle Obama, since this issue fits so nicely with her Let's Move campaign to end childhood obesity. I urge you to do the same.
I'll even make it easy on you:
Click here to find your Senators' contact information
Click here to find your Representative's contact information
Michelle Obama can be contacted at:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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