Why You Should Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables
The last several decades have brought about important changes to our food supply. The mechanization and homogenization of farming. which calls for the use of herbicides, pesticides, additives and synthetic fertilizers, maximizes the mass-production of our produce.
All of this change has affected the health of mankind. New diseases are rapidly spreading among humans and animals. A recent example of this is bird flu.
Reports have been produced by the World Health Organization that prove the threats to human health that are posed by manufacturing processes and the use of chemicals and other products on our food supply.
Now more than ever, it is a good decision to grow your own organic vegetables. Depending on the space you have available, you can produce a small garden using plant pots or a larger garden if you have a small piece of land available to grow on. Here are 5 reasons why growing at home is a good idea for your health.
- Your vegetables will not contain additives. Organic food associations have done research which has shown the danger of additives in our foods. These substances can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
- You will have no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers in your harvest. The quality of our food supply is affected by the poisonous pesticides that are used by conventional farming. Growing your own vegetables ensures that you will not be exposed to these substances.
- Your will not be growing vegetables that are genetically modified (GM). Drugs, antibiotics, and hormones are used in conventional farming to grow them larger and increase quantities. A consequence of this practice is vegetables that are consistent looking and are usually tasteless. In addition, we wind up eating the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, along with the potential risks they pose to our health.
- Consuming your own organic vegetables are much healthier for you. Not only will you be avoiding all of the chemicals and additives listed above, but you will be eating your vegetables freshly picked with all of their nutrients still in tact. Cutting the time from harvest to table improves the vitamin content and taste of your foods.
- Organic farming is eco-friendly. By not using pesticides or other products that are equally harmful on your vegetables, you will not be damaging the soil or the air with these components. By growing your own organic vegetables you will be contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet lessening your carbon footprint.
In some areas of the country, small communities have formed where the participants exchange their harvest contributing to creating a more harmonious planet. Growing organic will improve your health and your sense of community. If you cannot grow your own organic vegetables, look for them in your local supermarket. Supporting organic and local growers is vital to helping them thrive in the marketplace. As the dangers of chemical additives become more widely known, the availability of organic products will contribute to the overall improved health of our citizens.