During the last couple of decades there has been a mass trend towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which includes the use of pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (bird’s flu being the most recent one). The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health. If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. Today I’m presenting you with seven reasons for doing this
1. You will have no additives in your vegetables
Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. Besides the health risks associated with the additives, they just aren’t necessary! Food is tasty just the way it is.
2. There will be no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used
These chemical products are applied to crops all the time regardless of environmental or weather conditions. It’s no secret that these chemicals are harmful to humans and are even banned in many countries around the globe.
3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GMO)
Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones. One of the consequences of this practice are vegetables which look all the same and are usually tasteless. Also, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.
4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much healthier for you
They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket. Your health will not be at risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.
5. Your own organic vegetables will be much tastier
The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavor will show fully.
6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment
Because you won’t use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with chemicals that harm the natural vegetation or wildlife.
7. When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet
Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to create a friendly and better place for us all. Source locally and seasonally.
In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have. As you can guess, additives, fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food. To better care for your health, grow your own organic vegetables – and just a few pots is all you need. Happy growing!