Three Social Reasons You Should Grow Your Own Food

You’ve been given some simple reasons to grow your own, now I’ll share some social reasons why it’s important to grow your own food.

We are fortunate enough to live in times that food is abundant and we can get pretty much anything that we want at anytime.

When making these purchases we often just look at the sticker price and don’t think of or know what else goes into the production of the food and pricing.

Take these into consideration:

Women Are Being Exploited

There are many factors that go into the price and production of our food. Unfortunately in the industrial agriculture world, women farm workers pay the price.

About 25% of the farm workers in this country are women. Farm workers in general are treated poorly, but women get poor treatment and more.

They face daily threats of harassment, rape and wage theft.

These are all practices that I cannot support in the name of cheap food. By growing my own, I’m standing against this practice.

Rising Food Costs

Did you know that according to the USDA close to 85% of every dollar you spend on food doesn’t even go to the food. That’s right only about 15% goes to the actual food.

The large majority of that 85% goes to food processors and food services.

The processors are the ones that process the food into food products that you see on the shelves. Services are the ones that handle distribution and labeling.

So pretty much most of the money that you are paying for food is going to the middleman and not the food. By growing your own you can cut out the middleman and the price of your food.

Federal Food Safety Programs are Facing Budget Cuts

With the current national economic situation, Congress recently proposed cutting the budget for programs that will protect our food safety.

There are already enough outbreaks and recalls. We don’t need to have programs cut that will increase this number.

If you were to grow your own food, this wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

You don’t have to have a huge garden or grow tons of food. If you were to just grow one herb or veggie it will make a difference for yourself and for the environment.

What are you waiting for?


Published on: May 10, 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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