I have been toying with an idea, for quite a while now. I see beggars on the streets, filthy, haggard, sometimes handicapped women, wearing a baby who is almost always sleeping heavily(I learnt they are drugged by the beggar Mafia), little kids who should be in school, but are begging and then with the money, huffing(sniffing glue) to kill hunger, old drunk men, inebriated to forget about the cold and the hunger in their stomachs and I feel so helpless.
They tell me the same thing, please hand out some money, we want food, please buy us some food.
I try my best, with whatever little resources I might have. But then I think of the sheer number of hungry people in the world, what can I do for them? What I do is not even a drop in the pond.
Then I think and think, after a point I discard rational thinking and revert back to dreaming. I dream of an utopian world, where there is no scarcity of food for anyone.
I dream of sidewalks where food grows, juicy vegetables, succulent fruits, delectable herbs.
I dream of tall apartments where hydroponic growth of food laden the air with a magical smell, the air smells clean, these plants provide oxygen and they sustain us.
Imagine if you could just walk up to your terrace, grab the veggies you want for your salad, pick the fruits you want for your juices and so could your neighbour.
Imagine if all over your city and village, food crops grew in abundance. There would be no hungry children, of course there would be no trade and that is bound to picc people off.
But for just a moment, think!
What would it take for you to grow food?
Now with aquaponics and hydroponics you can grow food anywhere, right in your tiny urban dwelling.
Grow a small herb tray on your kitchen wall, pluck out fresh herbs and see how amazing that feels.
If you have space, like a garden, do not grow lawns, what’s the point of that? Yes you can sit and enjoy there, but what of food, you can sustain yourself and maybe some others with it.
If I grew crops, I would give away the surplus once a week to poor, hungry people. Imagine if all of us could donate some food to the needy, hunger can be eradicated from this world! And hunger my friends is devastating!
A hungry stomach will not let your mind rest, you can never hope to achieve anything, and no one can. Food is one of the very basic things needed for our survival.
So what can we do? Yes, we can grow food at home, on our terraces, on the lawns, in small trays; we can teach our children the very basics of farming, so they know what to do when they grow up!
But I had another idea. What if we began to throw seeds anywhere and everywhere in the soil. Some of them would grow, right?
Imagine, if we went to a small patch of land, we threw some okra seeds, some pumpkin seeds and other kinds of seeds and we went our way. We may have never even water them.
Do you think all of them would die? I don’t think so, some of them would live. The ones that live may benefit some beings.
I want to start a movement- GROW FOOD ANYWHERE, GROW FOOD EVERYWHERE!!!
How many of you are there with me on this???
Let’s try to end world hunger, one step at a time. Yes poverty is a complex issue, but what if each earning individual could feed one hungry person??
Buy some seeds, throw them in the soil, and watch them grow. Do not give up, from all the seeds you have chucked, one may sprout!!!
That’s how we change the world!!!
GROW FOOD ANYWHERE, GROW FOOD EVERYWHERE!!