5. Growing your own fruit and vegetables
If you have the space in your garden
you should definitely grow your own. This way you don't need to be
concerned about whether the organic certification is OK, you know it
is because you grew it yourself.
By growing your own, you will be
helping the world's environment. It will among other things:
- Reduce the amount of fossil
fuel that goes into ploughing fields, fertilizing with chemical
fertilizers, harvesting, transporting, marketing in supermarkets
and driving there to buy your produce.
- You can grow your own without
- You can fertilize using the
left over plant material once you have harvested. If you are a
real enthusiast, you can start using a dry (waterless) composting
toilet and use the output to fertilize your garden. This is
known to be medically safe, after all the Chinese have been able
to maintain the fertility of their gardens for more than four
- Install a water tank if you
can and reduce your usage of town water supplies which are
another hidden energy consuming process.
For the very advanced, you can
embrace the concept of Permaculture where a self-contained system of
agriculture is established. For example animals such as hens are fed
on garden produce and waste with the chicken litter being used to
fertilize the garden. For a complete explanation of this see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture. Many people have
embraced this concept such as the grass farmers on New Zealand and
the United States (Pollan 06).
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