For one thing the world is going to need a lot more food in order to feed the rapidly increasing population. It is estimated that world population will reach 9 billion people by 2050. In order to feed them all, we will need to increase global food production by 70%.
Aside from the fact that we simply will need more food if everyone is to eat, it is unwise to be dependent upon global transportation systems, global political stability, available and affordable fuel for global transportation, and the safety, availability and affordability of food produced by multi-national industrial food companies and the like. Why not just plant a garden and not put you, your family and your community at so much risk? And besides, homegrown food tastes better and is better for you.
For another thing, 68% of Americans are overweight and 28% are obese. This creates a host of health problems for those folks, and results in a massively expensive health care system that drags down our entire national economy. In other words, by our food choices we’re killing ourselves and contributing to killing everyone else, fat or not. We’re fat primarily because we eat crap for food and because we don’t get enough exercise. Planting a garden is a cure to both of those causes.
For another thing, one third of children in America will now develop Type II Diabetes in their lifetime (1/2 of black and Hispanic children). We are destroying the lives of our children by feeding them junk food. Food from a garden does not cause diabetes.
Of course I could go on a lot longer about this. If you’ve been reading this blog a while you know that I have plenty other reasons for planting gardens as well. But aren’t these enough?