Nearly 40% Of Russia’s Food Still Comes From Small, Family Gardens - Author: Sara Burrows

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    Nearly 40% of Russia’s Food Still Comes From Small, Family Gardens

    Nearly 40% of Russia’s Food Still Comes From Small, Family Gardens

    FEBRUARY 13, 2020 AT 6:18 PM

    Almost half of Russia’s food is grown in backyard gardens!

    While most of the world is completely dependent
    on industrial agriculture, the Russian people feed themselves.

    As recently as 2011, a full 40% of the food produced
    in Russia came from small,
    household gardens
    called dachas.

    That number is down from the peak of the communist era,
    when 90% of the nation’s food came from dachas
    – small plots of land given to the people
    by the government for growing food.

    But 40% is still huge compared to the less
    than 1% of American food still grown on small, family-owned farms.

    In colonial America, farming was the primary livelihood
    for 90% of the population

    Today, farmers and ranchers represent only
    1 percent of employed Americans.

    That’s because of the control of our nation’s
    food supply shifting into fewer and fewer hands.

    The shift hasn’t been nearly as dramatic in Russia,
    where dacha gardens produced
    80% of the nation’s fruit and berries,
    66% of the vegetables,
    80% of the potatoes
    and half of the milk (much of it consumed raw) in 2011,
    according to the Russian Statistics Service.
    In 2003, the Russian government
    passed the Private Garden Plot Act
    entitling citizens to private plots of land (between 2 and 5 acres) for free.

    Dachas can be used for gardening and building small summer homes.

    Many Russians spend holidays and every warm weekend
    of the year at their dachas, which also serve as retreats in nature,
    away from the busy cities.

    Author: Sara Burrows

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