Welcome to my 'Organic Gardening' post!
First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. The food we eat and the pollutants we expose ourselves to harm the human body and the top layer of the Earth. Organic gardening provides us with healthier food, better health, and wellbeing. It also provides opportunities for supporting the environment by reducing land pollution, support other species in the biosphere, and balance our natural ecosystems.
As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives.
These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green.
Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green!
First, it is important to comprehend why inorganic agriculture methods are harmful and why people should avoid them and why we should view traditional organic mixed gardening as the solution.
Population growth was rapid during the 20th century. As a result, we developed more efficient farming practices known as modern agriculture. Although these new methods have benefits, they also have some rather devastating drawbacks.
These agricultural methods involve the use of industrial chemicals. This is true in the farming of meat, vegetable crops, and grain. Common chemicals used in the production of meat include antibiotics. For vegetables and grain, many fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides are used.
These chemicals are detrimental to human health and the environment.
Human Health Risks...
These chemicals result in short-term health effects such as stinging eyes, rashes, blisters, blindness, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, and death. Chronic effects include cancers, birth defects, reproductive harm, neurological and developmental toxicity, immunotoxicity, and disruption of the endocrine system - yikes!
The food produced by these methods is also detrimental to human health. The chemicals are absorbed by the plants and livestock and residues can be found in the produce. When people eat the produce, they consume the chemical residues which build up in our bodies and affect our health.
Diet affects your health and a poor diet will do so negatively. The poor diet rich in sugar and sodium is common for a lot of Americans and much of the food is inorganic. Most of the products used to create fast food are produced on a mass scale aiming to maximize profits. As a result, food industries turn to inorganic produce and the quality is even worse.
Inorganic food is grown and produced with the use of synthetic chemicals. Also, many inorganic foods we see today have been modified at a molecular or genetic level which allows the producers to cross-breed crops. These crops do have some benefits but the ultimate goal is to produce more for less which reduces the quality of the product.
Inorganic diet results in a build-up of chemical residues in the human body. There are controversial debates on the effects of these chemical build-ups in the human body. However, it is important to note that most of the research claiming there are no public health risks are benefiting from the use of these chemicals or writing the reports. They are biased.
Toxic for our Environment...
Synthetic chemical products have a lot of downsides. Not only do they reduce the quality of our food but they threaten our environment. Modern agriculture is a leading contributor to land and water pollution.
Converting land into agricultural land destroys our natural ecosystems, reduces the effectiveness of the top layer of soil, and results in soil loss. Vegetation helps soil retain water and when this is removed we have increased risks of flooding and more nutrients build up in our waterways affecting our marine life. The chemicals used in modern agriculture only intensifies this problem.
The method of modern agriculture is the production of one crop, which erodes the soil and strips the ground of the nutrients that one crop needs to grow. This continuous stripping of the soil reduces its quality. We too wash soil away and it is impossible to return to its natural structure which means it is incapable of healing itself.
Industrial chemical use is now common practice in industrial farming. Driven by corporate marketing plans and large profit margins, many companies now promote the use of these chemicals in people's home gardens too. Pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers poison water, soil, and other living species.
Dangerous Non-organic Fertilizer...
The overuse of inorganic or chemical fertilizers has grave consequences. They introduce contaminants into the soil and leach nitrate material into the supply of groundwater. Fertilizers can runoff into lakes, ponds, and streams which stimulate the growth of algae and suffocate other aquatic plants, fish, and invertebrates.
Toxic fertilizers in industrial waste are polluting our soil and water supplies with lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. These heavy metals pose public health risks. They can damage and alter the functioning of organs, e.g. the brain, kidney, lungs, liver, and blood.
Different types of fertilizers have been analyzed and it has been discovered that phosphate and micronutrient fertilizers, and liming materials contain higher levels of metals and pose higher risks. These fertilizers are still available to purchase in some states. Nitrogen, potash, gypsum fertilizers have lower levels, resulting in lower risk.
Even though some have been analyses as more dangerous than others, risks remain. Some efforts have been made to control nitrogen applications and toxic fertilizers in the United States and other western countries in recent years. However, this is inconsistent and therefore consumers should check labels and seek healthier and safer organic methods.
Pesticides are chemicals used to kill living bacteria and organisms such as fungus, insects, plant diseases, snails, slugs, and some weeds. They pose serious threats to human health, the environment and can trap farmers into a buying cycle. It has become difficult to justify the widespread use of these harmful substances in our farms and gardens.
Research shows that pesticides are not as effective as they claim to be, causing more harm than good. Using pesticides regularly creates a vicious circle. The more you use them, the more you need them. This makes farmers dependent on the products and gets them trapped in a buying cycle.
These are chemicals used to kill undesirable weeds, some will kill all living plants that they come into contact with while others are engineered to target a specific species. They pose serious threats to organisms and human health, causing genetic damage, physiological alterations, and of course death to exposed organisms.
Human activity and urbanization are creating microclimates, which are not environmentally-friendly. Urban spaces produce air pollution, which harms our natural ecosystems. Automobiles, factories, and chimneys emit a large amount of waste into our environment. When a harmful substance is released in the air, it can affect our health and the environment.
A large number of people live in urbanized cities where air pollution has become a threat to their lives. Urban air pollution causes various health issues such as lung diseases, heart diseases, and cancer. When you are exposed to such conditions for a long time, you will experience detrimental health effects. These are loss of lung capacity, fast aging, and vulnerability to respiratory conditions like asthma. As a result, air pollution shortens your life span.
Foolish Food Waste...
Modern agriculture aims to grow the perfect crop, which is the right size and shape. Genetic modification is a technique used to produce such crops. This method produces a lot of food waste which in turn creates further pollution. Mainstream supermarket product specifications add to this dilemma.
When a crop is not the right size, shape, or color it is deemed not fit for sale and is discarded. Some of this rood is recycled into animal feed but some of it is disposed of and wasted. Energy, time, and resources have been used to grow this crop so it saddens me to think that it could be disposed of in a manner that contributes to further pollution.
Zero hunger is one of the current global goals we are working towards. Choosing to sell this food in stores or correctly managing it will help us meet this aim. This food industry also provides stores with more than they can sell so much of it doesn't make it into people's homes. A few supermarkets have made changes to their policies, buy offering this food to homeless people. This is a practice I would like to see more commonly in place.
Going Organic is the Only Solution!
This method is all about producing high-quality food crops through natural methods that support our environment. This method promotes our health and the health of soil, ecosystems, and our environment.
Traditionally ordinary people were self-sufficient, living off the land and growing their crops to sustain themselves and their families. This involved physical labor but the benefits on our health and the environment were phenomenal. This model of organic mixed farming is sustainable and protects our soil and environment from pollution.
Many organic farms used mixed farming strategies that help maintain soil quality buy using and replacing nutrients evenly. When crops have the nutrients they need to grow, their quality is better and this impacts our health. Having living bacteria and organisms in the environment is not only essential for soil health but our ecosystems too. Composting and mulching are other methods used to naturally promote healthy food and support the environment.
Compost is a soil enriched with nutrients produced from the aerobic decomposition of organic matter. Outside spaces and agriculture provide organic sources which can be used to create compost. It is often added before a growing season giving the soils the boost it needs to produce healthy crops with sufficient access to the nutrients they require to grow.
Mulch is used to retain water moisture in the soil, prevent weed growth, and to control pests. It is a material that is spread over the surface of the soil in a thin layer. Organic mulch adds value to the soil by providing it with further nutrients and making it more fertile.
Organic gardening follows the same principles as organic farming but is conducted on a smaller scale. It often focusses on the growth of flowers and non-edible plants such as grass and foliage. Organic gardening means avoiding synthetic or chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides in your garden and instead of using natural methods such a composting and mulching.
Your garden is a good source of matter that you can use for compost e.g. grass clippings, and shredded leaves in autumn. Likewise, you can add kitchen waste including some fruits, vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, herbivore animal manure, and dead houseplants.
It is important to avoid adding carnivore feces such as cat or dog feces because they contain unwanted microbes that harm the compost and attract pests. Nor should you use dairy or meat products.
Be the Benefit...
This food is of higher quality, promotes human health, our ecosystems, and reduces pollution. There are no health risks associated with eating organic food or the use of organic agriculture methods. There is no build-up of chemicals in our bodies. Organic methods promote healthy soil which is good at taking care of itself and plays a major role in having a healthy environment.
An Organic Diet is Healthier
Having an organic diet promotes your health., through less exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals. They are often grown locally and taste better. It may be slightly more expensive at the store, but 'what you buy is what you get' means you are paying more because the food is more valuable. If you want to avoid the cost - grow your own!
Research studies show that organic food is richer in essential nutrients. The essential nutrients in organic food are much higher than commercially processed food. Research shows that food grown through organic gardening contains higher levels of vitamins and essential minerals including vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, chromium, and iron. Organic food has 30% more vitamin C, 29% more magnesium, and 14% more iron and phosphorus respectively.
Homesteading can benefit the health of the people and their financial circumstances. There are several states in the USA which have homesteading tax exemptions.
Each of the States that provide this exemption do so in a different manner. Typically, a homestead exemption enables people to protect their residential value from creditors and property taxes.
Save that Money Honey...
People say that organic farming methods are more expensive, but only some aspects of this are true, in some ways organic is cheaper. Organic farming methods do not need you to spend money on chemicals which saves you money. Instead, you are making the most of household waste. Farmers can adopt these methods too.
Organic farming reduces the cost of mechanical equipment used for spraying chemicals on the feed but does involve more manual labor to make and apply compost or mulch.
Despite the higher costs of organic products, green growing methods can save a lot of money in the long run. For example, improving the soil’s health provides a favorable environment for the plants or crops to grow adequately and yield all-natural food to people for a long period.
Homesteading is a great way to save money, especially if you have your garden where you grow fruits and vegetables. Planting trees is good for the environment and can save you money in the long term, harvesting the fruits for many years to come.
There is an initial cost to set up an organic garden but you will see the returns in the future. For example, installing a watering system may be expensive to install but maintenance is cheap and eventually, it will pay for itself with the money you save on shopping. You can save seeds from the food you yield and use them to grow next year's crop.
Research shows that a well-maintained garden produces ½ pound of produce per square foot during a growing season. Some parts of the world will have numerous growing seasons per year. If you have 600 square foot garden, you will spend around $70 per year and the amazing thing is that it will produce over 300 pounds of produce, which is worth about $550-650 per year. These savings are huge and will easily cover installation fees quickly.
Advocate for Animals...
Many people move to the countryside so they can keep a few animals. Keeping and raining chickens are fun for the whole family. They produce eggs and their waste can be added to your compost to give it an extra boost.
Goats produce milk which can be used to make a wide variety of delicious foods. You could even sell or trade some of this product with your neighbors. Plus that is fantastic for naturally maintaining grounds, eating excess shrubbery.
When you produce your food or support organic food industries, you promote green economies and the principles of green living and sustainability. This has positive impacts on our health and the health of our environment.
Growing your food is known as being self-sufficient. A self-sufficient home can produce its energy, food supplies, and other necessities and this has economic advantages. Being independent means you are not reliant on mainstream power or food companies and natural disasters or power outages are less likely to impact your family.
Buying food from organic local farmers injects money into their business, allowing them to build and expand their business. If this process is supported by enough people it will enable organic agriculture to lead the food industry, which will benefit the soil, our environment, and our health on a huge scale. This farming method can support human life more effectively for a long period.
There are many ways re can reuse our waste at home. Composting waste results in less waste in landfills makes the most of the world's energy and reduces climate change. Why dispose of food that we can get other uses from.
Organic methods work in balance with nature. Organic gardeners and farmers do not abuse the land and this maintains soil quality and prevents soil loss, erosion, droughts, flooding, water pollution, toxic runoff, groundwater poisoning, soil contamination, and the death of various species.
Protect the Planet...
Although it is impossible to return agricultural land to its natural state, we can get pretty close and certainly improve the land through organic agriculture methods.
The land you have available to you can be a rich ecosystem. By not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, green gardening can reduce the chemical load in the ecosystem, which means all species including humans, animals, and plants are not exposed to toxic chemicals.
Protecting other species is the core element of green gardening. For instance, birds are a vital part of your green garden ecosystem. Although birds can munch on veggies and fruits, they do a nice job of controlling pests too. You can install a couple of bird feeders and these animals will fight slugs, snails, and caterpillar infestations. This is an easy, cheap, and low-impact method for controlling pest populations and supports diversity.
You can avoid buying food wrapped in plastic packaging, reducing the use of natural resources, pollution, and promoting a healthier planet. When you grow your food you drastically reduce the amount of packaging you use. Yes, seeds and initial set up equipment may be packaged but after that, you can easily use re-usable boxes and baskets to carry your produce from your garden to your kitchen.
Organic Gardening: The Final Verdict!
Wrapping up, About Going Green is a website dedicated to sustainable living. As the title of the site indicates, this website is to make people learn about going green and live a sustainable life. In the Gardening Category, you will learn step-by-step how to live off-the-grid, live a healthy and eco-friendly life, establish a home garden, grow plants, vegetables, fruits, etc. while spending as much little as possible.
Organic gardening is a holistic approach that avoids the use of pesticides and chemicals. The purpose of organic gardening is to produce healthy plants, vegetables, and fruits, as well as protect the environment from the accumulation of harmful toxins, chemicals, and pollutants.
Green Gardening cultivates an ecosystem sustaining the life of species including plants, friendly insects, and soil microbes. The use of mulch and compost means less garbage in landfill sites. Lastly, organic food is healthy and protects you from a wide variety of health conditions.
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