Earth Day is tomorrow, so today seemed like a good day to talk about how a little gardening can change the world. In his piece in the New York Times Sunday, Michael Pollan makes a very convincing case for gardening to save the world. Research indicates that growing some of your own food is one of the best things you can do for the environment, especially if you grow organically.
Modern agriculture methods use mammoth amounts of energy to produce our food. Pollan’s argument is that growing your own food is great for a variety of reasons. First, it uses far less energy to produce the same amount of food. Second, it doesn’t need to be transported great distances (unless you have a very, very big yard). Third, and, according to Michael Pollan, most important, is that growing your own food makes you realize just how capable of self-reliance you really are.
Once you grow your own vegetables or fruit, it’s amazing how much easier other things that can make a difference start to seem. You might start eyeing your rain gutters and envisioning easily-made rain barrels. You might start thinking of building a compost pile or getting a composter every time you take out the trash. You’ll be amazed at how much difference you can make with just a little effort once you realize just how powerful you are.