Everybody has the means to educate themselves regarding what foods and products they buy. You are all reading this through the internet, are you not? And you don't need to believe everything I post. I'm really just some guy in a floral dress using the 'granny' factor to get my point across. Ok, so that's a lie, but you get my meaning - I could be anyone. Actually, the only qualifications I have are the life lessons I've learned, the lack of money I have, and the ability to educate myself by reading and researching the findings of others' who, bless their cotton socks, put it out into the global community FOR FREE.
A few comments to address... I'm not going to go into the arguments based around governments, industries and all those other yucky subjects. For me, change starts at home. At least this is something we ALL have control over.
"All I need is a garden".
Join a community garden
Ask a neighbour who has a garden if you can utilise some space in exchange for some of the fresh produce you will grow there. It's amazing how much you can squeeze into even a 1m x 1m patch of ground.
Help an elderly person tend their garden. The knowledge you will receive in return will be priceless
Create a window garden. This is a great way of recycling plastic water bottles too. Watch the second clip to see how it all works.
"Who the heck has time to start and tend a garden?"
If you are one of those people who works endless hours at a job they hate in order to afford the house you/the banks own (but are never home to enjoy), to buy mass produced, plastic-wrapped foods, to spoil your children with toys (produced under frightful conditions at the expense of others' children) because you 'don't have the time'.... I feel sad for you.
However, if your house has the space for a garden, offer it to someone who has no garden but has the time to start and tend one. You'll be amazed how many benefits this will create for you, your family and also for someone else and their family. Share your space, share the love.
"Where can I find seeds for free? and what about the water bill? and all the tools you need to plant the crops? Nothing is free in this world..."
Join a local/national seed savers network. Wherever you are based in the world, there are sooooo many people doing good for the greater good of our planet. You have a google machine - use it!
If you see a house with vege gardens, knock on the door and ask if they have any spare seeds. People who have gardens love this kind of stuff and are always willing to share.
Any food you may produce will far outweigh the cost of water it takes to produce that food. Set up some plastic buckets to collect rain water, put a bucket in the shower to collect the water that comes out before the hot kicks in. Utilise the grey water from your washing machine by diverting it outside to the garden. Be sure to use zero phosphorous, biodegradable detergents.
Tools? That's what god gave us hands with thumbs for! Build a no-dig garden. Most sites say to use straw but you can easily substitute straw with manure (take a drive in the country for free stuff) and shredded paper (ask any local business to save theirs for you). Make your own compost.
Join your local Freecycle or other Free Stuff network, check out or place an ad on Freebies on Gumtree (Australia), put it out there in the universe - if there's something you need, it will come to you.
Don't take the piss!
Many years ago whilst living in Perth WA, I was renting a house with 4 big lemon trees in the front yard. One day, a little old lady came to the door and asked if she could have some lemons. "Of course" I said, "help yourself". A little while later I looked out to see a team of young boys stripping the trees bare (I let it go) and later that afternoon I saw the little old lady at the markets selling lemons. Cheeky, but shame on me for not thinking to do this in the first place. Kudos to her!