During the last few decades, there has been a movement towards utilizing automation and creating the homogenization of modern farming. This often uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and mass-production techniques to obtain the goal of feeding the world’s ever-growing population. All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (Zika being the most recent one). This is why we would like to arm you with some knowledge by giving you 7 reasons to grow your own organic fruit and vegetable garden.
The World Health Organization produces reports on how the use of chemicals including pesticides and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, is actually a threat to our health.
If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a sensible decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. You can get pretty innovative with finding a space in smaller homes or apartments in the city by growing vertically on rooftops or creating window box planters. Check out this great article for great ideas of where to grow when space is limited. If you don’t have the time or the knowledge to create your herb garden on your own, you can try a smart garden product like some of these. These will take much of the guesswork out of growing herbs and vegetables and are somewhat autonomous so you won’t have to spend much time or give much thought to your small garden space.
Here are the 7 Reasons to Grow Your Own Organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden
1. Your vegetables will not contain any additives. Research completed by organic food associations (like The Cornucopia Institute and The Rodale Institute) has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines, hyperactivity and can have many other side effects.
2. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. These chemical blends are applied to the crops at various stages of the growth cycle to obtain strong yields with reduced influences from environmental conditions, soil quality, disease states, or insect infestations.
3. If you source your seed correctly, you will also be growing vegetables that have not been genetically modified. Antibiotics, drugs, and hormones are used on vegetables to grow with higher yields and resistance to environmental factors. Using seeds that have been genetically modified (GM), will often cause a difference in taste (and it is usually a reduction of flavor), and can many known and unforeseen health risks.
4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be more healthy for you. I know, a no-brainer, right? They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket, with the exception of local food markets with organic fruits and vegetables. Your health will not be at risk because you know that nothing has been added to your vegetables regardless of what is available in your area.
5. Your own organic vegetables will taste better. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics makes vegetables grow unnaturally and take a lot of the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavor will be as intended by nature.
6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment. Because you won’t use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with chemicals.
7. Growing your own organic vegetables contributes to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet. Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to creating an eco-conscious and health-minded society.
Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables allows you to know everything about what you are eating, and leaving nothing to chance. Chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified seeds are not elements of naturally grown food. To better care for yourself and your family, grow your own organic vegetables. A few pots and a little knowledge is all you need to have a green thumb!