Petition: The garden as a UN human right

Men and women have been gardening for ages. Indeed, the care with which food products are planted and cropped has a millenarian tradition, along with different cultural connotations.

After decades of increasing industrialization of agriculture - with all the ecological, social and economic implications that came along with it - gardening has nowadays gained importance which goes beyond
the need for nourishment. Self-handling food products (e.g. vegetables) has currently achieved significant value, the importance of gardening can be extended to the beneficial impact it has on health, economy and social integration. Indeed, gardening both allows and promotes a sustainable use of soil, resources and seeds.

Nevertheless, gardening is still not a Human Right. The vast majority of people do not possess a piece of land and/or live in cities where gardening is not feasible.

If the right to garden existed, Districts, Regions, States and the Supranational Institutions should set the conditions able to guarantee it.  People would behave more responsibly towards nature and its goods and, thus, more egalitarian distribution of these would follow. Ultimately, the right to garden would fully fit in with the spirit of the Human Right Declaration ratified by UN.

We, therefore, ask the United Nations to include this Human Right in the International Covenant on Economic, Social  and Cultural Rights.

Sacrée Croissance - Film by Marie Monique Robin

The film "Sacrée Croissance" by Marie Monique Robin will be presented by her on Thursday the 4th of February during the Agriculture Conference.

Our earth, a global garden – out in wisconsin ...

It was from Alan Chadwick's writings that I first heard the idea that all agriculture begins with horticulture and that the archetype for even the largest farms lies in the garden. This idea resonated deeply for me and this is why I find the theme for the next agriculture conference so provocative. I think it challenges us to bring together the perspectives and orientations and gifts of both farmers and gardeners to build a larger vision for the future of the food system.

Robert Karp, Co-Director of the BDA

Soulful Reflections, by Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

Deepening Children’s Connection to Nature at Angelic Organics Learning Center, by Erin Schneider

Prison Gardens: Systems Change from the Ground Up, by Beth Waitkus

From Parking Lot to Urban School Farm





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