It’s possible that we could already be spending time and money for things that deliver no significant value, when we could transition to something better, healthier, and greener.
When we place more value on a manicured lawn and less value on the foods we eat, we’ve already lost the battle for health and abandoned the concept of personal responsibility. That said, there are plenty of communities who aggressively oppose the permaculture principle of growing food in your yard. Aesthetically pleasing grass may provide curb appeal, but it takes excessively unnatural introduction of water and fertilizer, which almost certainly runs off into adjoining creeks and waterways. These suburban covenants often leave no way to escape their restrictions, even when droughts threaten to harm human and animal existence in regions effected…which means grass is more important than a healthy child.
At the very least, maybe you should try to grow some tomatoes in one of those goofy upside-down things you’ve seen on an infomercial. [We’ve tried upside-down and failed, but the tomatoes did seem to like the half-barrel whiskey planters on the second-year’s attempt.]