Gardening has become a very popular thing to do these days.
Reasons that people garden range from wanting wholesome veggies from their backyard, to wanting cheaper food and avoiding pesticides and insecticides being sprayed on their food. More and more lawns across America are being dug up and instead of manicured grass, food is growing. Here are some of the top reasons YOU should grow your own food.
The price of food has gone up.
It’s not a myth, it’s a fact. I can remember when I could go to the store and buy a pound of strawberries for $.49. My youngest was alive and able to help carry some to the car, so it’s been just under 6 years that the prices have tripled. That’s not all. In our area, ground beef rose up to $6.00/lb in our area just after the storms in the Midwest and haven’t gone down back to “normal” prices. Our own personal food budget has been stretched to the limits at times just to feed our family of 5.
Many are concerned about the use of chemical insecticides and pesticides on their food.
Along with the growing concern of what those unnatural chemicals are doing to our bodies in general. Since they haven’t been around for a long time, it’s been hard to say what the effects have been truly. There are studies being conducted on that currently, be we are way off from knowing the full truth scientifically. Will it be too late when we find out? Other sources here, here and here.
There is a growing concern over bacteria in the food.
The lastest scare is over listeria in many brands of frozen food sold all over the U.S. While that’s worrisome enough, let’s not forget there is also a recall on chicken nuggets, Dole salads and even Chipotle was under attack for a food recall. (another read here) Is that not enough? Check out the list of 2016 food recalls so far on the USDA’s website.
Are you worried?
You don’t want to worry and be scared, but you want to take ACTION. Instead of relying on commercial growers to grow your food, grow your own! The chances of you getting sick from your home grown produce are far less. You will know what’s happening to that tomato from seed to harvest, and what you have sprayed (or not sprayed) on the plant as it was growing. You’ll know you washed that lettuce (and your hands before harvest) and can be confident that deadly bacteria will not be there.
It’s not that hard to grow a garden for yourself.
Even those who don’t have a large backyard can grow their own food. You can grow potatoes, tomatoes and other veggies in containers. You can plant an edible landscape if your HOA rules don’t allow a full garden. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. The point is to start somewhere, doing something and to take responsibility for yourself. Grow your own when you can and as much as you can, and preserve that harvest for longer use. You can do this!!
What are YOUR reasons for growing your own food? Be sure to pin this for later!