Homegrown Food Takes On New Sense Of Urgency
DIY vegetable gardening and fruit tree plantings at home could be the wave of an uncertain future – is or already a necessity in today's tumultuous world
By: FIRST RUN BOOKS
The foresight shown by these farming-in-place pioneers of today is not limited to the growing legion of at-home DIY practitioners. One futurist author more than embraced the idea. In his new book, 20/20, B Shawn Clark all but predicted the current tumultuous world the pandemic has brought about, and the crucial role that eating homegrown food will play in the way people the world over must learn to live their lives.
20/20, is a novel written from the point of view of a man living in the future. The book describes with almost eerie prescience the changing world of today – a place where people must come to grips with economic and environmental cataclysm that forces them to confront what is not a dystopian world of the distant future - but a place of upheaval that is to be experienced by everyone in the present decade of the 2020s.
B Shawn Clark, author of 20/20, says that his novel is, in so many respects, a "book of the year", but can be so called mainly because it tells the story of a young man confronting the changing world of 2020, the turning point marking the beginning of a decade where he and his family are beset by violent storms and rising sea levels, hitting the seaside community where they live in a weakened state, barely managing to survive in the midst of an economic depression.
Clark says the novel does not describe a future world that is bleak and forbidding. "We can do this," he says, "but we are going to have to change the way we do things, and that includes growing our own food and making the places where we live more sustainable."
20/20, he says, tells a tale of a young boy and his kid sister learning how this can be done, being taught by mentors who had already put these ideas into practice long before the economy cratered and the winds of change began to howl too loudly to be ignored.
20/20, if not the "book of the year", is surely a book everyone will find worth reading.
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