Thursday, April 19, 2012

Live Sustainably by Growing Your Own Food


 As Earth Day approaches we are focused on how to save our beautiful amazing rich planet.  One of the most personally rewarding ways of saving the planet is growing your own food.  As I was doing research on this topic I found a lot of reasons big agriculture is destroying the planet.  I could have gone down that path in this article, but I’d rather focus on the benefits and rewards growing your own food.

  • Just to get it out of the way, the benefits to the planet.  By growing your own food, you are reducing the need for fossil fuels for transportation and harvesting of the food and of course less soil erosion, chemical etc.
  • The main reason to grow your own food is to supplement household food supply — to help them save money on food. That alone is a very powerful reason.
  • There is nothing more local than food grown in your own backyard, your windowsills, on patio containers, or sprouting in containers.
  • Growing your own fruits and vegetables means that you know exactly what does and does not go into your food and exactly where it comes from. Organically grown by your own hands.
  • You will get healthier in a number of ways. Not only will you end up eating more fruits and vegetables, but you will be getting added exercise. Did you know that you can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as you can in 30 minutes of aerobics? And, working in the garden reduces stress.
  • You will get a bigger variety of your favorite fruits and vegetables because you can choose from hundreds of different varieties and you can grow the things you like the best.
  • You can teach your children or grandchildren where their food actually comes from and that it doesn’t come from the supermarket but from the soil, the earth that we all depend on. I was amazed that some of my son’s school friends didn’t realize that apples came from apple trees or had never picked strawberries before.
  • Reconnecting with the earth. There is no doubt that human beings have become far removed from the natural world. It could be that this separation from nature is a root cause of many of society’s problems. When we deny ourselves access to the natural world, we lose a part of ourselves, our culture, and our sanity. One of the simplest ways to reconnect with nature is to dig right in and grow something.


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