Why is Growing Your Own Food so Important?
There are many benefits to growing your own food. For example, consumers typically do not know the origin of their food when they purchase fruits and vegetables at a grocery store. Have you ever meandered your way through the produce section, asking yourself, “Has this particular fruit or vegetable been treated and sprayed with chemical fertilizers? Is this grain genetically modified? What type of growing conditions did this produce encounter? How could these conditions inevitably impact my own life and health by consuming these foods?” Thoughts such as these may have you wondering about the systems in place that have contributed to the globalization of our food production.
By growing food yourself, you know exactly what goes into your food, and can dictate the level or lack thereof of nutrients, chemicals and fertilizers. This is beneficial for a variety of reasons, and unfortunately one of these reasons directly links back to politics and policy. Current laws and regulations in the United States dictate companies aren’t required to label if foods have been genetically modified (GMOs). In fact, Vermont is the only state set to require labels. If you’re interested in reading more about GMOs, check out one of our previous blogs.
Here are eleven important reasons why you should start growing your own food!
To save money
By growing your own food, you can save lots of money you would have been spending at the grocery store!
“According to National Gardening Association estimates, a well-maintained food garden can yield an estimated half pound of fresh produce per square foot, yielding a $500 return on average when considering a typical gardener’s investment and the market price of produce.”
To protect future generations
People are exposed to carcinogens from pesticides each and every day. By growing your own food, you can help prevent contact with these carcinogens.
To prevent soil erosion
Soil is currently being eroded faster than it can replenish itself naturally.
To protect water quality
Pesticides contaminate our water supplies every day. By having a pesticide free garden, you will be helping protect the water quality.
To save energy
According to foodmatters.com, “more energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till”.
To keep chemicals off your plate
When you grow your own food, you have control over what chemicals are or aren’t in your food.
To promote biodiversity
By growing a wide variety of plants, you are helping to bring lots of nutrients to the soil.
To help beautify your community
Growing your own food isn’t just great for yourself, it also helps keep your community green!
You control when to harvest your food
It helps you eat more fruits and veggies
Reduction of food waste
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why growing your own food is important. Even if you have never tried gardening before, it is never too late to start. Need a step-by-step guide and all the supplies? Try purchasing one of Pop Up Produce’s Fresh Start Kits. They’re great for beginners as well as urban dwellers – those with a balcony or small yard – as our Fresh Start Kits can be planted in the ground as well as in containers for small spaces.For every kit purchased, one is donated to a family in a food desert. It’s never too late to change your lifestyle. Each Fresh Start Kit comes with all of the supplies needed to start your growing experience, including local supplies such as a starter supply of compost and organic, non-GMO seeds, as well as a step-by-step downloadable growing guide to help you along the way!