This is a great read!
That article is bang on - industrialization of our food is what is killing people and helping to ruin the environment
What a great read…and so true. Our food is such a basic need and has become so complicated and out of control by commercialization.
Further questions could be: “How much does the lettuce and tomatoes we grow save things?” or “What sort of things does it save?”
If we plant a garden in whatever space we have available, anything we grow in it doesn’t require a long supply chain to get it to us. That will save fuel and packaging materials. If we use the compost we make and other local fertilizers then we don’t even have to import growing materials.
A garden - even if it’s just growing things in pots which still counts as a garden, IMHO, also saves us our personal resources since - depending on your area - every bit of currency you spend usually has all sorts of taxes involved with it. In order to get that bit of currency to buy a vegetable, usually some sort of government entity charged some sort of acquisition costs - i.e. ‘income tax’. Then, when you use that currency to obtain a vegetable, there’s usually some sort of sales tax. There can be up to 30% or more percent of your purchasing power taken up in taxes when using currency to get things.
If you swap seeds with your neighbor or save seeds from the previous crop, then there’s no costs to obtain the seeds. Grow them in your own garden and you’ve saved loads of currency on having to go out and buy a vegetable. Plus they taste better, but that’s an added benefit most folks who calculate things forget to add in.
Just because they industrialize farming doesn’t mean we have to buy or eat their produce, although it can take awhile to get ourselves sustainable. But every little bit helps and now is a great time to plant something.