Collection: 🪴 Grow Food!

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Take A Sustainability Deepdive

We all need food, but the current agricultural system puts a massive strain on the planet's resources. A staggering 69% of the world's freshwater is used for agriculture, and ~40% of THAT water is wasted, often never even reaching the crops it's intended for!

On top of water waste, modern agriculture relies heavily on pesticides and fertilizers. While these chemicals can increase yields, they also contribute to water pollution, harm soil health, and disrupt biodiversity. Agriculture is also a major contributor to climate change through land-use changes, deforestation for farmland, and the use of fertilizers which release greenhouse gases.

There is a way to lessen our impact – growing your own food! Home gardens typically use far less water than conventional farms. You can employ water-saving techniques like drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting to further reduce your footprint. Not only that, but homegrown food reduces reliance on large-scale production systems that generate tons of food waste. You can harvest what you need and avoid unnecessary packaging.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to grow your own food is that you can choose to do it organically. You can avoid pesticides and fertilizers that can harm the environment and your health. Locally grown food also boasts a lower carbon footprint compared to food transported long distances.

While not everyone has the space for a traditional garden, there are solutions! Vertical gardening allows you to grow plants in stacked containers, perfect for small spaces. Hydroponics is another option, growing plants without soil using a nutrient-rich water solution, ideal for growing herbs or vegetables indoors.

Growing your own food may not be a complete solution, but it's a positive step towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious food system.