09 Apr '12, 7pm

Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit

Graft punk: Breaking the law to help urban trees bear fruit

Tara Hui points out an "illegal" Asian pear she's grafted onto an ornamental pear tree. Ornamental fruit trees are the worst idea ever. And I’d argue they say a lot about our culture. As we’ve built and expanded cities, and planted public trees, we’ve decided that local fruit — fruit you could pick right on the street — was too messy. We wanted our fruit imported, wrapped in plastic, and safely compartmentalized in the produce aisle. So we bred trees accordingly. Pear trees with no pears. Cherry trees with no cherries. Now this San Francisco-based group called the Guerrilla Grafters is challenging the very notion of the ornamental fruit tree. And they’re working outside the law (city officials don’t like rotten fruit on the sidewalk, nor the liability it suggests). They’re covertly grafting — a practice of connecting two branches in a way that will allow their vascular tis...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/graft-punk-breaking-the-law-to-help...

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