Inspiration to Start Growing Your Own Food
At AllergyKids, we are constantly inspired by creative people looking for new solutions to our growing health crisis. From parents to food industry executives to some pretty fantastic kids, we are learning about the amazing work of people around the country every day.
So when we connected with Mike Lieberman, the founder of UrbanOrganicGardener , on Twitter, we got really excited. Because Mike, in an effort to address the high prices of healthy food, got his start growing his own food on a fire escape. Talk about thinking outside the box!
At AllergyKids, we loved the bold creativity of the idea, so we are excited to share Mike’s story with you. Let us know what you think. And if you’ve got any other creative ideas, we’d love to hear those, too.
Because at AllergyKids, we believe that each and every single one of us has a unique talent to lend to this important mission of cleaning up our broken food system for the health of our families. So lend your talent, and let us know what you are doing so that we can share your inspiration with others, too!
When I talk to people about growing their own food, the often give me a look like I’m crazy. I mean why would they do that when there is a grocery store packed with all sorts of cheap food only a few miles away?
It’s great. No matter where you live or what season it is you can get pineapples, mangoes, apples, cucumbers, whatever you want.
We already lead busy enough lives between work and family. Why would we want to spend time on growing their own food?
It’s hard to argue those points, but I do and will anyway.
These answers are not rooted in scientific studies that have been conducted over the years. Instead the answers that I give are much simpler than that and here they are:
This is the most basic of answers and it’s to the point. Look back at history. Societies and civilizations were built around fertile land and access to water.
The lives that we lead now consists of sitting around and staring at a screen of some sort and sitting in a car. That actually is not normal. These are habits that we’ve formed in the past 100 or so years.
Did you know that our food travels about 1,500 miles from the farm to our plates. That’s about halfway across the United States.
The next time you are in the grocery store pick up a piece of produce and read where it’s from. I would bet that it’s not even from this country.
What happens is the food is harvested, often times unripe, and sprayed with chemicals (more on those later) to ripen them during transit and put on the store shelf.
When the food actually makes it to the store shelf, it’s already almost a month old. Think about the nutrients that have been lost.
Then there are the transportation costs that factor into it. Oil and resources are needed to transport those good that long distance. Overall, it’s not a very sustainable practice.
The use of pesticides and sprays was touched on above in regards to maintaining the food after the harvest. They are also used throughout the growing process as well to feed the plant, keep off pests and to hurry along the growing process.
Not sure about you, but a study is not required to tell me that I don’t want me, my friends or family to be ingesting those chemicals. They aren’t going to simply be washed away with a rinse of water.
There you go, those are some simple reasons why you should start to grow your own food. There are many others that are rooted in politics and environmental aspects, but these are simple and to the point.
I’m not saying that you should now go off and start a farm. If you do, hit me up because I’d love to help out. Growing all of your own food isn’t realistic given all of our current circumstances. I do believe that if you grow just one herb or veggie that it will certainly make a difference.
Don’t use space or lack of experience as an excuse to not get started either. The perfect time doesn’t exist. Only now does. I don’t want to hear about lack of space either, as I got my start on a fire escape in New York City.
When are you going to start growing some of your own food?
About the Author: Through his blog UrbanOrganicGardener.com and social media, Mike Lieberman inspires and empowers people to start growing their own food and reconnect with their food source. Lieberman believes that growing just one herb or vegetable will make a difference. It will help to cut back the intensive resources that go into the production and transport of food to our plates. It will also help us to re-establish our connection with food that we’ve lost over the past few years. We are humans. We grow food. Connect with Mike at UrbanOrganicGardener.com, Twitter or Facebook.