Backyard sustainability: why you need a veggie garden in your life.

Over the last few decades, there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. This is detrimental to not only your health but also the health of the planet. Harsh farming chemicals cause land degradation and chemical runoff which in turns poisons our waterways and oceans. Not to mention diseases that are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (the debate is still out on Covid-19. Wet market anyone?).

If you're interested in some further reading, cosy up to World Health Organization (WHO) reports that show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health.

If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, start growing your own organic vegetable garden. Why? See below!

1. Your veggies will be sans additives. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.

2. Lack of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used means a cleaner crop. These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless of plagues or weather conditions and affect the quality of the vegetables. There's also the part where pesticides are super poisonous.

TIP: Create your own fertilizer!

3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM). Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to yield a bigger crop and larger vegetables. One of the consequences of this is clone-like and tasteless vegetables. Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health (we do this by consuming animals and animal product but that's another story).

4. Organic farming is eco-friendly. Because you won't be using heavy-duty pesticides or other equally harmful products on your vegetables, you won't damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.

Tip: Make your own organic (natural) pesticides!

5. When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet (yay!). Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to a friendly and better place for us all.

Bonus: Consider selling your brand new produce at your local co-op. There's a growing movement (and rightfully so) to support local farming and local, seasonal produce. You'll not only have a nice little side income, but you'll be a part of a community as well as help stop the degradation of the earth.

In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have. As you can guess, additives, fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food. To better care for your health, grow your own organic vegetables -and a few pots and seeds are all you need. Also, there's nothing more satisfying than watching your little seedlings grow.

Here's a little inspiration for you :D

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