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Forum Post: The Return of the Victory Garden

Posted 6 years ago on March 3, 2012, 1:28 a.m. EST by DevilDog420 (133) from Saratoga Springs, NY
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Long ago the world was in trouble. Times where turbulent, Nazi bankers were warring and taking over all of Europe and occupying the middle east. Imperialists were seeking control of all of south east Asia and its raw materials. The global transfer of goods and raw materials began to grind to a halt, as it became almost impossible to ship things that were not absolutely vital. The government asked its people to kick in, make necessary sacrifices, and do the right thing. There was rationing of fuel, recycling drives for war materials, women even donated their silk stockings for parachutes. People had to make due with what they had or could make on there own... People at home grew victory gardens, to ease the burden on the supply. A victory garden for those that couldn't do as much as some but still cared, and wanted to help.

Think of all the wasted space out there today, upper middle class people have well manicured lawns, rose bushes, and flowerbeds. And usually pay folks to care for it using gas powered equipment. Imagine if they put in a green house, some corn rows and some soybeans, maybe some oaks and fruit trees, even a compost pile, and some hens, a goat or a pig. People in the city with less space can grow herbs, and potted plants, or smaller yard gardens. We need to realize that we are fighting a war right now the age of the consumer is over, we need to become self sustaining, And environmentally aware, of the green revolution taking place today.



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[-] 2 points by chell4 (3) from Hornstein, Bgld. 6 years ago

Love this post! Thanks so much.

[-] 1 points by DevilDog420 (133) from Saratoga Springs, NY 6 years ago

Imagine if one or ones family could be self sufficient, that is self sustaining. If people grew 50-100 % of there own food. If the clothes we wore were made in same cities that our favorite sports teams called home. If communities had control of their water and tried to conserve and recycle it's usage as much as possible. Families had a family electric car. Power, electricity was provided by the government, along with free medical care for those that needed it, and college was free for 3 years. These things are not impossible, we have the ability to create this in America...

[-] 0 points by DevilDog420 (133) from Saratoga Springs, NY 6 years ago

Recycling always helps

[-] 0 points by dantes443322 (148) 6 years ago

"the age of the consumer is over"

Typed on your iPhone/iPad/ or Mac book. Or Dell, Compaq, IBM.

And Victory gardens as well as rubber/copper/steel drives were great propaganda to make the home front feel good, they really had no impact on the war effort.

And your 'Green Revolution' is a joke. What is 'green' that is a feasible alternative to what we use today?

Seriously, I don't know if it's a parody or not. Hard to tell nowadays.

[-] 2 points by PandoraK (1678) 6 years ago

In case you didn't know it dantes, the planes that hit Pearl Harbor were manufactured with metals that were recycled and purchased from...America.

The recycling of materials was a quick way to increase manufacturing of needed products for the military, much like the men and women in Iraq were 'recycling' metals and parts to armor the vehicles and also to keep them running.

At my house we have five or six operational computers that were 'recycled' we've given away dozens more.

Yes, recycling had an impact on the war effort on both sides.

[-] 1 points by DevilDog420 (133) from Saratoga Springs, NY 6 years ago

The USDA estimates that more than 20 million victory gardens were planted. This provided over 9 million tones of fruit and vegetables, an equal amount to total commercial domestic vegetable production, during the same time.