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  • Writer's pictureLucy Sparkes

7 reasons to grow your own vegetables

During the last decades, there has been a change towards mechanisation and homogenisation of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and mass-production techniques. We can't blame farmers for this and the pressure they have been under to produce the food a population needs in times of overeating, processed foods and overpopulation.

This clearly is affecting mankind's health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (no reference here needed!)

The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, not only deplete nutrients in foods but are actually a threat for our health linking many morbidities to the chemicals used in common farming practices.

So, what can you do to help your health, are we all doomed?

If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land / garden, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden.

Here are seven key 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. The Soil Association is a brilliant resource for all things organic and how growing our own is helping to rebuild communities, health and our relationship with the earth and food.

2. There will be no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used. These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all year-round regardless of the earth's natural rhythms or weather conditions, and therefore pushing against the will of mother nature will negatively affect the quality of the produce. Besides the fact, that pesticides are usually poisonous to humans.

3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modied (GM). 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. Noone can deny the flavour, shape and colour difference of organically grown produce.

4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much more healthy 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 nd 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 more tasty. 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 avour 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 the chemical components.

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.

Ultimately, 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 -a couple of packet of seeds, some good compost and a few pots is all you need to get you started.

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