The interest in gardening, and especially organic gardening, has risen dramatically in the last few years. Concern over the amount of chemicals in the enviornment and in our bodies, plus the raising cost of groceries in the store, has fueled the interest in gardening.
People are concerned about the amount of chemicals in our world, the affect of chemicals on our health, how to avoid disease with chemical free food and how they can garden where they live. That’s a lot to cover in one article, but we will briefly touch on each topic.
The amount of chemicals in our world
Less just stick to chemicals in food as that is our purpose. The most recent federal testing found 98% of apples have at least one pesticide contaminant, and 97% of bell peppers are contaminated. Nine pesticides were found on a single apple, and eight in a single grape sample.
You pick up an apple and it looks clean, you see nothing on the surface. But, the studies show that apple is, most likely, contaminated with at least one pesticide. The next time you put a bite of food in your mouth, stop and think just how contaminated is this food?
The effect of chemicals on our health
It is no secret that we in the US are way down the list of healthy countries. The US ranks 37 in health care systems of the world. How can this be, we are in the most prosperous country in the world and our health care is in a crisis? The greed of large companies in seeking profit over concern for their customer has ruined the best food supply in the world.
The amount of heart disease, cancer and, now, Alzheimer’s disease is rampant in our society. You have to ask yourself why? I can remember when Alzheimer disease did not even exist. The National Resource Defense Council reports that there are more than 80,000 chemicals permitted in the US that have never been assessed for toxicity.
Many chemicals have been linked to cancer, birth defects, heart disease; the list goes on and on. The effect of the chemicals on our health is undeniable.
How to avoid disease with chemical free food
One of the most obvious ways to avoid chemicals that directly impact your health is to grow and, or, eat only organic food. Organic food, by definition, is grown without the use of chemicals.
It is highly recommended to grow your own food in a garden, or at least buy organic food stuffs. If you can’t, or do not want, to garden the next best way to get good clean food is to buy from a farmers market or direct from an Organic
How you can garden where you live
You may think that you cannot possible raise your own food because you live in a city. Even if you do not have a yard a lot of food can be grown in pots. Even if you cannot do that you can often find garden plots available in many towns. So, you have no excuse. Your health is in your hands, you just need to get started.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.