Three Simple Reasons You Should Grow Your Own Food

People often ask me why they should grow their own food when they can just go to the grocery store and get whatever they want. Their days are already busy enough and they don’t want to waste their time growing food.

This is certainly true. It doesn’t really matter where you live or what the season may be, you can go to the store and get pineapple, spinach or whatever else you can think of.

So convenience definitely is not the answer. I do have a few answers though that I give to people. They are not rooted in scientific studies or reports that were compiled over years.

These answers are simple and here they are:

We are humans. We grow food.

For hundreds and thousands of years growing food is what people did. Societies and civilizations were built around fertile land and access to water.

Sitting around and staring at a computer monitor or television, like a lot of us do, is not normal. It’s something that we just started doing in the past 100 or so years.

We have lost the sense of community that goes into growing food as well. There is the planting, tending to, harvesting, preparing, sharing and eating food. These days we just skip straight to the eating part and do that on the go as well.

Nearly all of those other responsibilities, especially the growing part, is now in the hands of someone else. Someone that we don’t even know or can speak to. That’s a lot of trust to put into a complete stranger.

Where is our food coming from?

On average our food travels 1,500 miles from the farm to our plates. That’s a pretty long distance.

So the food is harvested, often times unripe and sprayed with chemicals (more on those later) to ripen them during transit and put on the store shelf.

Usually by the time produce makes it to the store, it’s already 3-4 weeks old and lost a lot of its nutrients.

Also think about the cost of transporting the food that distance. Gas and other resources are utilized as well. Overall, it’s not a very sustainable practice.

What’s being used to treat the food?

As mentioned above, some of the produce is sprayed in transit to either ripen the food or to preserve it.

Chemicals, toxins, synthetics and sprays are often used to treat the produce while it’s growing too. It’s used to feed the plant, keep off pests and to hurry along the growing process.

I don’t need a study to tell me that I don’t want my food to be sprayed with chemicals that I’m going to then put into my body.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should start to grow your own food. There are many others, but these are simple and to the point.

I’m not saying that you should be completely self-sufficient and grow all of your own food. That wouldn’t be realistic (yet). I do believe that if you grow just one herb or veggie that it will certainly make a difference.

What are some other reasons that you should start to grow your own food?


Published on: May 09, 2011
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Through his blog and social media, Mike Lieberman shares his expertise on urban gardening, green living and real food.

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