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The True Revolution? Self Production 

by Liborio Galbo (Termini Himerese, Palermo, Sicily)

I believe only in what I produce and I try to buy as little as possible. Of course, everyone makes choices based on their lifestyle. "Do you think self-production still makes sense today?" I was a bit surprised by the question, I admit. Then I realized that I had been taking for granted a lot of things that I do every day. Self-production is essential because it can radically transform the global budget, it can alter the balance of power, it can be a really subversive action, probably the main action.

We could be no longer completely dependent on supermarkets because the tomato is cultivated by us, and with the seeds that we have preserved, it can be done, it is a real possibility, a reality, it means that we have already started a revolution of independence and we have made a public statement not to accept the control of the food industry. It is from this that everything starts.

Sixty years ago, between you and your tomato there was only a farmer, a wholesaler and a shopkeeper. Today there are up to twenty steps and markups.

These markups - brokers, wholesalers, hauliers, highways, packaging, sorting, certifications, etc. - make sure that the tomato instead of costing the equivalent of two minutes of your work, it costs fifteen minutes. Therefore, in order to buy what you really need and what they make you believe that you need, you'll end up working 40-60 hours a week without ever really having a life outside of work. I believe it is a modern form of slavery, much more enlarged than before. The only real, viable and urgent solution is self-production: produce as much as possible on your own, consuming as little as possible of all the things you must buy by choosing critically (ask yourself, is it locally produced, for example). The only way to get out of this modern slavery that is in great part controlled by controlling foodThe same goes for all the products of the land, cultivated by our own hands and not just for the tomato. Self-produce, transform, save, eat. These are the passwords to exit the tunnel of slavery.

 

Zucchini in all its glory and splendour

Wooden pyramid built at the  Prime Circle School 'Pirandello', Termini Imerese, where the children of the first elementary have fertilized and planted various types of chilli, basil, parsley etc...

Wooden pyramid with mix of spicy peppers, basil, pumpkins, vegetables etc

About Liborio Galbo
Liborio runs the Banca del Tempo Himerese, an organisation dedicated to the exchange of expertise, laboratories of ideas, recycling and reusing, exchange of used products, organic and synergistic farming, permaculture and revival of heritage artisan skills.

What can I do? Some ideas are for example finding allotments in your area, reclaiming other green space for the cultivation of food, using space creatively for example by making the most out of balconies, rooftops, window cills etc.


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