Edible Streets Tour
For Greenies joined ‘Culture Club’ for a stroll around the streets of West End’s urban foodscape. What we found was a diverse array of sub-tropical fruit trees overhanging footpaths, edible vines spanning fences, and sprawling root crops replacing nature strip grass. This is a testament to the culturally diverse community and the favourable climate of sub-tropical Brisbane.
The tour involved plant identification as well as discussing the ethics of harvesting, share maps, what to do with surplus and how to contribute to the urban edible foodscape.
The current food system involves transporting limited varieties of fruit and vegetables that are selected for shelf life and appearance over long distances, lowering the nutrient levels and disconnecting us from our food and where it comes from.
Councils are reluctant to plant fruit trees because of fear of litigation and the increased maintenance from fallen fruit.
Reconsider that ornamental you were going to plant on your perimeter, and plant a fruit tree instead.
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