Lawns! A Vast, Untapped Source of Food Wealth

Lawns! A Vast, Untapped Source of Food Wealth

I say: If we wanted to, we could grow enough food on our lawns to feed about 90% of our population. You say: You’ve got to be kidding, right? I say: Nope, I’m not. And the reason is that numbers don’t lie. See if you agree. Start with the baseline data of what one...
Long Live the Dacha Gardens!

Long Live the Dacha Gardens!

What a bracing discovery for home gardens! I just found that in 2008 Leonid Sharashkin, a Russian grad student at the University of Missouri, did his PhD research on “The Socioeconomic and Cultural Significance of Food Gardening in the Vladimir Region of Russia.” In...
No Trade-Offs

No Trade-Offs

It’s just so telling how mass food production is portrayed as a set of trade-offs, regardless of whether conventional or sustainable systems are being invoked. Yes, you get some wins if you do it this way, but also some losses. And if you go this other way, you...
The Evidence

The Evidence

Part 1 Once, upon a time when I was a botany prof at the University of Hawaii, I got called to jury duty. It was a routine case of drunk driving, hit and run, and driving without a license. However, one juror adamantly doubted the breathalyzer evidence. “There’s just...
Industry Makes Its Case

Industry Makes Its Case

I’ve said repeatedly that per pound of production, no one has comprehensively compared the efficiency of home gardens to the industrial food system. Then I came across a 2019 scientific study, published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of...