I’ve written about victory gardens before, so I don’t feel like I need to write too much on my second goal for responsible eating again. Plus, I’m trying to get a handle on the fact that No Impact Man linked to me in his blog today, and I’ve officially had more hits today than I had in the whole first three months I wrote this blog (for the record, its been almost 4 months I’ve been writing it now). I mean, wow! That’s a lot of hits for one day. And I think it means No Impact Man reads my blog. Eeeeee! That’s a girlish squeal, for those of you who don’t know. I usually only make those noises in emails with my friend Jeff, but I think today my blog needs one.
Okay, so lets go over the fine points of growing your own food, bullet point style (because I like bullet points).
- The price of food is going up because the price of fuel is going up, so its in our best financial interest to reduce the distance our food has to travel to get to us. There’s nothing closer than your back yard/porch or local community plot. The price of fuel is also going up because of ethanol (but I’ll blog about that later) and increased meat production doesn’t help (I blogged about that yesterday).
- In addition to hurting your wallet, food that’s traveled a long distance is bad for the environment, for obvious reasons.
- Conventionally grown food is also terrible for the environment, it pumps a ton of petrochemicals into our soil and water (and petrochemical use, because it uses up our dwindling oil supply, increases the cost of gas, which increases the cost of food, see my blog on Peak Oil). What ends up in our soil and water eventually ends up in us. Not to mention how those chemicals are directly on the food that we eat! But organic is so expensive. Its much cheaper to grow your own organic produce!
- Conventionally grown food is responsible in part for a lot of starvation in the world. This is a really complicated issue, so for right now I’m only going to direct you to another resource where you can learn more. Say No to GMOs Promise to blog more on this later.
- Gardening is great exercise!
- Gardening is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and to teach them about community, health, science, and a variety of other amazing subjects!
- The food you grow is great for you! And since you’ll have more of that healthy food just lying around, you’ll have less of a reason to snack on unhealthy, expensive, junk food. Loose weight, keep grocery and health care costs down, and keep your kids strong and healthy, you can’t beat that with a stick.
- Gardening is a great way to connect with your local community, whether you’re gardening in a community plot or in your own yard. Obviously, a community plot is very social, but a private garden in your own back yard (should you be lucky enough to have a back yard) can still be social because you’re probably going to have more fruits and veggies than you can eat and you can share them with friends and neighbors.
- If you’re involved in a community gardening project, there’s a good chance there’s going to be a man or two there who you know is into health, the environment and community. And since he eats healthy and gardens, he’s probably going to have a good body. I’m just saying. If nothing else, they’ll at least be there for you to admire as they work, possibly without a shirt on. What? We’re single, we’re allowed to think these things. Sheesh.
I can’t think of anything else right now, but I think those reasons are awesome enough for us all to get started.