Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Occupy Absentee-Owned Farmland
As city governments across the nation figure out "socially-acceptable" ways to force Occupy folks out of public space, many of the protesters and their supporters are trying to channel the energy of the occupations into continuing discussions about income inequality in the US. I ran across a blog posting by Ohio farmer and writer Gene Logsdon recently that offered a provocative avenue.
Check out his thoughts here.
His thoughts point to an interesting conundrum: Considering plenty of rural folk are in the 99%, why is it that Occupy is largely a big city phenomenon?
I guess this is just another version of Thomas Frank's combustible question:
What's the Matter with Kansas?