Target: Sam Van Aken
Goal: Thank artist for creating tree that produces 40 different kinds of fruit
Obtaining healthy and fresh produce in an urban environment is a bit of a difficult task. Most produce that people eat in America has not been cultivated with their own hands, or even with a small-time farmer’s hands.
Most farming now has become corporate and since people are no longer living where the food is being grown, the fresh food must be exported and imported. This costs a great deal of time, money, and fossil fuels. In a world where time is money and we have less and less to spend on the diminishing fossil fuel supply, innovations in agriculture that can help bring some of the farm back to the urban environment are remarkable.
According to Epicurious, award winning artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has developed a gorgeous multi-colored, as well as multi-faceted, tree. Through what Van Aken calls “sculpting through grafting,” Van Aken has produced “trees of 40 fruit,” growing 40 species of fruit, including plums, nectarines, almonds, cherries, and peaches.
His goal was to bring more diversity to food again. With industrialization and monocultures dominating the market, Van Aken wanted to not only create a stunningly beautiful piece of artwork, but to also create a tree that could protect different varieties of fruit. Help us thank Van Aken for his formidable work by signing the petition below.
Dear Professor Van Aken,
According to an article in Epicurious, you sought to transubstantiate a fruit tree, and you have done just that. With the food security and fossil fuel problems being what they are, your innovative fruit tree has so much potential to be more than just an astonishing piece of art.
Your tree, if adaptable, could be planted all over the world where food is not so easily accessible. It could help people in urban environments get more in touch with the land and gain the experience of growing their own produce. You could make people believe in farming again. Not just monoculture, corporate, factory farming, but the bucolic ideal that we all know and love.
Please do not stop continuing to grow and expand this idea.
[Your Name Here]
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