I could barely sleep last night because of this. Manifesto alert, proceed at your own risk.
Everything we post about here on Backyard Ecosystem. Everything underlying the movement toward greening our cites over the last several decades. The very title of the excellent book written by Erik and Kelly over at the blog formerly known as Homegrown Evolution is under attack. The concept of creating a Homestead in the Urban environment is under assault. Send lawyers, guns, and money; the Humanure™ has hit the fan.
Living greener and more minimally in the city is a movement, and a lifestyle choice, which needs nurturing because it is critical to the survival of the human species and to the planet as a whole. The urban landscape is here to stay. We must find ways to introduce nature into it. We must make the city productive like a garden, dense with organic life, and free of chemicals and contaminates. To do anything else is to risk our cities and our planet becoming desolate in a Mad Max sense, a desert of our own creation.
Part of the beauty of this community has been the focus on selfless acts of sharing, education, giving. Constructive means of bettering the lives of everyone in the community, one tomato, one beehive, one compost pile, one worm bin, one blog post, one book at a time.
This community has been selflessly forging a path to a better future for our cities. A future where cities have breathable air, clean water, fresh produce, and neighbors that are not afraid of one another. A future where Urban citizens actually know the names of those they live and work beside.
This community has been growing and thriving much like an Edible Weed™ which gives and grows and pops up in unexpected places to the delight of those who know its secrets. This community has been working tirelessly to bring about positive change in the most non-threatening way imaginable. Change motivated by green growing things rather than the barrel of the gun.
Our Community, Our Nation, Our Planet, Our very hope for the future is now under attack by the legal equivalent of Round-Up. Ironic that just days after Monsanto gets the green light to threaten the food supply of our nation and planet with biochemical madness in the form of GMO crops, the other tool of evil empires, the lawsuit, rears its ugly head. Sending an endless wave of cease and desist letters to anyone who dares to share their knowledge or experiences without referencing a particular group claiming to be “the innovators” is an act we expect from corrupt corporate chemical peddlers, not from those who pretend to be part of our community. What is next? Lawsuits against anyone who considers their little kitchen garden in the backyard or pots on a balcony or rooftop a Homestead?
Excusing your behavior by claiming you haven’t sued anyone yet is like brandishing a weapon (itself a crime) but claiming you haven’t killed anyone yet. Pretending to be a part of our community, then threatening those who use the words Homestead, Homesteading, and Urban in specific combinations destroys any store of good karma you might have accumulated.
Be supportive of Erik and Kelly, best I can tell they are most directly impacted. Be supportive of anyone who wants to change the world through positive means. Let corporations like Facebook and Google know that you will not tolerate them facilitating this kind of abuse. This is an interconnected world and we are all suffering together. These terms and techniques belong to everyone, not just a couple of people who think they can take all the credit.
P.S we are trademarking America the Beautiful ™, Complete Tool™, and God Save the Queen™ effective immediately, consider yourself warned.