You may have thought about growing your own vegetables and other greens, but decided that picking them up from the grocery store was the ideal way. Think again! Gardening is an engaging, fun activity that anyone can take up at any point in their life. The benefits to starting a garden are numerous, and after realizing them, one might wonder why they did not start pursuing this earlier. With advances in technology, you don’t even need to have a large backyard or live in a sunny area to garden.
As part of a series of articles on the benefits of gardening, this week we are focusing on health. Not only is it healthy to have lots of greens in your diet, but keeping the chemical pesticides and herbicides is a big reason most people prefer to eat from their own garden. This week we are focusing on the health benefits of sustainable agriculture–particularly cutting out the unnecessary chemicals in our food.
Sustainable agriculture produces food that does not harm the environment.
By growing your own produce, you are promoting farming practices that do not endanger your health.
The food you grow just tastes better
How to Keep Chemicals Off of Your Plate?
Many pesticides approved for use by the EPA were registered long before extensive research linking these chemicals to cancer and other diseases had been established. Now the EPA considers 60 percent of all herbicides, 90 percent of all fungicides and 30 percent of all insecticides carcinogenic. A 1987 National Academy of Sciences report estimated that pesticides might cause an extra 4 million cancer cases among Americans. If you are growing your own food, you have control over what does, or doesn’t go into it. Growing your own food reduces the harmful impact on the environment from many levels, not to mention again – it just tastes better. Do you have something else to add? Let us know in the comment box below.
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