Food At Your Backdoor
Biocraft believes that the first place that you can make an environmental difference is in your own back yard. An effective regenerative ecosystem provides the necessities for life: food, shelter, energy and water. Regenerative practices dramatically reduce environmental impact. Small transitions are big steps. This is why we are committed to equipping as many people as possible with the tools to grow their own food. The most local, sustainable and cost effective way to have food is to grow your own.
“Globalized industrialized food is not cheap: it is too costly for the Earth, for the farmers, for our health. The Earth can no longer carry the burden of groundwater mining, pesticide pollution, disappearance of species and destabilization of the climate.” -Vandana Shiva
Today’s food economy has created an illusion of ease. Supermarkets are filled with the results of a globalized industrial machine, that is dependent on outdated, ineffective, and environmentally damaging agriculture practices. This machine has removed the consumers freedom of choice and enabled large companies to profit while poisoning wildlife, people and the planet. Current policy makers allow these companies continue to pollute, endangering the future of food security globally.
The importance of Food security is outlined in United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal #2 (SDG) intends to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. Global food production equates to more than enough to feed everyone on the planet yet many still go hungry, 820 million people chronically malnourished. As populations grow our unsustainable production methods will have to increase by 50 percent to feed the planet. Current agricultural practices are destroying the ecosystem and decreasing the availability of land at an alarming rate. Growing food in your backyard is an environmental and economical asset, enhancing your immediate biome and promoting your own food security.
Growing food at home is an alternative to the environmentally destructive non-transparent commodities market.
Avid gardener and friend, Rick Haley said “just imagine if everyone just grew one carrot, and ate it”. Localizing your access to food greatly reduces your impact on the environment. Today, most people don’t know where their food comes from. Often food travels thousands of miles to get to your plate. Transportation of food to market contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and further supports the petrochemical industry. Limiting your dependence on grocery store visits saves money, time and directly reduces your carbon footprint.
In your garden, you grow your legacy.
There are many ways to garden; what works for some does not for others. Gardening takes practice, patience and dedication. With these things you can create safe, nutritious and environmentally sound food. The following blogs will be separated into select Bioregions and the staple, nutritious foods that can be grown within them. This is an introduction to the possible foods you could grow and basic growing information. Choose to make a difference on Earth- grow a garden this year and reap the benefits of added nutrition and reduce your carbon footprint!
Written By Kyle Dubee
Edited and Researched Links by Jes Carey