The garden as a human right

Men and women have been gardening for ages. Indeed, the care with which food products are planted and cropped has a millenarian tradition, along with different cultural connotations.
After decades of increasing industrialization of agriculture - with all the ecological, social and economic implications that came along with it - gardening has nowadays gained importance which goes beyond the need for nourishment. Self-handling food products (e.g. vegetables) has currently achieved significant value, however the importance of gardening can be extended to the beneficial impact it has on health, economy and social integration. Indeed, gardening both allows and promotes a sustainable use of soil, resources and seeds.

Nevertheless, gardening is still not a Human Right.
The vast majority of people do not possess a piece of land and/or live in cities where gardening is not feasible.
If the right to garden existed, Districts, Regions, States and the Supranational Institutions should set the conditions able to guarantee it.
Consequently people would behave more responsibly towards nature and its goods and, thus, a more equal distribution of these would follow. Ultimately, the right to garden would fully fit in with the spirit of the Human Right Declaration ratified by the UN.
We, therefore, ask the United Nations to include this Human Right in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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