Considering all the speculation surrounding the food that we consume today, I highly advise that you start growing your own food. It is the only way to know for sure what’s going on with your food. Therefore I have come with 10 reasons why to grow your own food.
Besides, the paranoia, there are many benefits to growing your own food. The pros definitely outweigh the cons when comes to deciding whether or not to grow your own food. The great part is, you don’t have to be an expert. Not having a green thumb as some say, is no excuse. Some crops are so easy to grow, all you have to do plant it and let nature do what it usually does. Here are 10 reasons to grow your own food.
Fresh and Better Tasting Food.
Your food can be picked and eaten at its peak ripeness unlike most of the fruit and vegetables we get from the grocery store. A lot of our food travels hundreds of miles and perhaps sat for a while becoming overripe before hitting the store shelves. As a result, the taste of the food will change since the composition of the food is changing over time. For example, an overripe banana sugar content is higher than a ripe banana. Remember living things must eventually die and decompose, and the food you want to eat has life in it but only for so long.
The commercially grown food sold in most grocery stores comes from nutrient-depleted soil where synthetic fertilizers are used to help it grow. These synthetic fertilizers usually contain the following 3 components nitrogen(N), phosphorus(P) and potassium(K) along with a few other minor nutrients. Synthetic NPK fertilizer has to be added year after year because it gets absorbed so fast by the plants leaving the soil without a constant flow of nutrients.
Also, many farmers don’t create biodiversity because they only grow one type of crop in an area that is only hurting the soil more and create more work. For this reason, commercial farmers’ fields look so dry and malnourished after harvesting because there is no life left in it despite adding the fertilizer. All that remains is dirt and not living soil. In nature, living soil contains more than those 3 components, more of those minor nutrients and have other factors such as biodiversity playing a role with a variety of plants growing near each other contributing to the building of the soil as they decompose. By growing your own food, you can closely mimic nature where there is a variety and get nutrient-dense food from your garden.
Can Save You Money.
Why keep paying for food you can grow it yourself? Vegetables/fruit such as tomatoes, kale, lettuce, spinach, peppers, etc. are relatively easy to grow. Now, with hydroponics, fogponics, aquaponics and other methods of growing food, food can be grown all year round indoors and outdoors. Save the seeds from the largest healthiest crop to plant the next time around. Saving seeds is a low-cost investment that can save you money on groceries.
Keeps You Active.
If you have a good size garden; hauling soil bags and buckets; squatting to harvest crops or to plant seeds, and other repetitive gardening tasks, it will give you plenty of physical activity. In addition, you’ll get some vitamin D from being out in the sun.
Better for the environment.
The root systems of plants help prevent soil erosion which destroys the topsoil having it washed away by water, possibly spreading chemicals used into nearby waterways and areas. In addition, the decrease in food transportation will cut down on fossil fuels. As a result, our air quality will get better.
Food Safety (Keeps Chemicals Off Your Plate).
You won’t have to worry about pesticides and herbicides being sprayed on your food because you’ll be in control. Pesticides can be poisonous and quite toxic to humans causing all types of health problems. Herbicides can also pose some concern, especially in certain amounts. Nowadays, E. Coli seems to always be in the news and food is being recalled because of contamination. So to avoid all this, it’s best that you have fewer people handle your food before it gets to you.
Save the seeds of the food that is harvested and keep producing your own food making you become self-sufficient. Perhaps you could start a business out of it.
Be In-Tune with Nature.
In today’s world, we are out of touch with nature and ourselves. Get away from technology for a moment and enjoy nature and each other. Take time out to learn what certain foods look and smell like. See what herbs you can grow to add to your favorite dishes. Learn to appreciate what nature has to offer.
Invest in Future Generations.
Learn how to grow your own food and teach it to your family and loved ones. They can pass it on generation to generation. Too many food deserts and starving people exist despite numerous resources. Invest in future generations with knowledge and education.
Reduce Food Waste.
Grow the amount of food you need to support your family. If you produce more than you need you can easily store it, sell it, donate or even feedback into the soil giving more life by letting it decompose back to the earth. So many restaurants and grocery stores throw out food just to go to the dump. Sometimes the food is still edible when thrown away.
I hope this list of 10 reasons to grow your own food, inspired you to do so. Think about how much of an impact you could have in your life, others lives’ and the world if you started growing food your own food and teaching others.
Be Healthy, Be Balanced, Be You
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