Please create a CO law allowing any homeowner or community to grow food instead of lawns.

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This current viral outbreak and the resulting run on grocery stores is proving what we already know, which is that local food resilience is critical in times of stress.  Climate change makes localization of food a critical priority as well for Colorado as weather becomes more fragile in major food producing regions of the country.  Many whole civilizations have collapsed because of their total dependence on complicated and far flung supply lines for critical goods. 

It is time that the state overturn any local jurisdictional bans on growing food on any part of lawns and shared communal commons spaces not specifically in use for other purposes, such as neighborhood parks not in use as open space for plant diversity and habitat reasons and apartment commons.  Many communities face front yard garden bans, limits on what they may compost, home owner association requirements that they make poor resilience decisions with their yards, which are a critical part of food growing opportunity.  And many face prohibitions on edible weeds in yards. 

It is time that we take the survival of the people of Colorado seriously, and overturn such limits to how we use our parks, our front yards, our plant food scraps and how we handle weeds and chemical exposures in community spaces.  We no longer have the luxury of mass chemical spraying in parks that should be used to create safe food for at risk communities on medical diets and the people of Colorado generally. 

I am one of those medically fragile people who is genetically very sensitive to several pest and herbicides being used on parks, and I have a medical diet that is very hard to support when people are stripping the shelves of the grocery stores and I cannot survive eating what's left.  In my community there are compost and weed bans that take away natural sources of free food and make it harder to grow my own food.  I also know people who are required to keep percentages of wasted grass they do not want, who would happily grow food for themselves and their community if they were allowed.  And I know many homeless people who could benefit as well, and be asked to be part of developing and maintaining community gardens providing them with healthy food choices.  Food growing should be a human right, whether it is the dandilions or a community garden.  It is time for us to face the need to protect the fragile and admit to how fragile we all are in times of crisis. 

Please create a Local food bill for Colorado that addresses these various issues so that people can best feed themselves in personal and community gardens during times of crisis, and safe from chemical exposure harm that impacts our most fragile and most in need of local food resources during a time of crisis.  Our survival is more important than our neighbors' taste in plant diversity and the percentage of Kentucky blue grass that the people next door believe we should have.