Sunday, 20 April 2008

ALLOTMENTS FOR ALL

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 20th April 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083
ALLOTMENTS FOR ALL:
HOW TO FIGHT RISING FOOD PRICES
Rising food prices due to the effects of climate change, use of land for biofuels and the highest oil prices ever(1) can be resisted by the public. If Councils persuade landowners with agricultural land on the periphery of towns to rent it out for allotments, then a lot more people can grow their own food. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:
“About 2 years ago, 4 out of every 10 ordinary seed packets being sold were food crops. Now, 6 out of every 10 seed packets being sold are for food growing. Whilst many people do have gardens or allotments, many others do not have much space for growing their own food. Given rising food prices and energy bills, it has become important to ensure people have access to land which allows them to grow food, and keep household bills down.
“How can this be done? Better use of pastureland or other agricultural land on the fringes of urban areas would seem to be the best answer. Landowners or farmers could benefit from regular income paid by allotment holders. Surpluses could be sold in Kent’s ever expanding farmers’ markets or be passed on to the relatives, friends and neighbours of allotment holders. The cheapest organically grown food people can obtain is what they can grow for themselves.
“Kent Green Party has written to the Chief Executives of councils in Kent to ask for upgraded policies towards allotment development.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe – Chair of Kent Green Party – 01732 355185 or mobile 079444 71083. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. Many experts believe we are at the Peak of Oil production and consumption, with significantly higher prices for oil and gas to come. Despite 15% increases in Energy utility bills in early 2008, financial pages of key newspapers are suggesting additional energy price rises this summer (eg The Observer, 20th April 2008)

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