Horticultural Devolution

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When people are ignorant to the ways of growing their own food they will be helpless when tragedy strikes. “In total, 31 percent of all U.S. households … participated in food gardening in 2008.” (NGA 6). If nuclear fallout or a natural disaster were to occur, it seems as though, the remaining 69 percent of households would starve to death. As society evolves into consuming fast food and relying on grocery stores to provide sustenance; people become unstable, unhealthy and unable to provide for their own families. From the beginning of documented history, people dedicated their entire lives to learn about natural resources and how to provide for themselves in expectation that no one else would. Although there may be bigger concerns in the prevention of nuclear fallout or another ice age, it is naïve to believe that in the occurrence of such an event we could thrive without having any sincere knowledge of self-sustainability. There are 5 fundamentals that should be emphasized in schools to prevent this lack of education, and we already have the knowhow.

People have come a long way in farming and basic horticulture since the time of Homer in 1200 B.C. As Professor Freeman S. Howlett states in his notes for his Horticulture 805 class: “the medical knowledge apparent in the Iliad and the Odyssey involved the use of drugs. Farmers had learned to use dung to increase fertility of their fields.”(His. And Lit). In 800 B.C. there was a man referred to as Hesoid who produced one of the very first farmer’s almanacs. Providing information to his negligent brother, this almanac educates how to maintain his own lively-hood should Hesoid become unable to provide it for him. Hippocrates who lived from 460-375 B.C. started the Hippocratic revo...

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...tional Gardening Association. The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America. South Burlington: National Gardening Association, Inc. 2009. Web 11 November 2011

National Gardening Association’s (NGA) research report “The Impact of Home and Community Gardening in America” (2009), informs that there is low percentage of involvement in food gardening within the household and almost no school programs pertaining to gardening available for children and young adults. The NGA supports this information with various polls and interviews of over 36 million people. The NGA provides this information in order to shed light on the desires of people in home gardening and the conflicting realities lying within. Due to the un-persuadable facts about food gardens and their percentages nation-wide; gardeners, parents and statisticians are the focused audience of this report.
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