We have! Food prices continue to climb due to the impacts of climate change. For example, a case of lemons has gone up $20 US this year to $50 from $30 last year (AgPro Journal). The US Drought Mitigation Center said 2015 was the driest winter in the Sierras. What's that quote about insanity, doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results? It is time for change.
The Old Ways of Growing Food Are Not Working Anymore - We Have a Solution
California Drought - Irrigation Taps Turned Off
According to the BC Food Systems Network 67% of Canada's food is imported from the US and over half of it comes from California. Many states, Alabama, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho are also experiencing drought and crop failures.
Spraying Crops with Pesticides - If It's Safe to Eat, Why do These Workers Have Hazmat Suits On?
"Worldwide, more than 5 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed onto crops each year, and more than 75 percent of the US population has detectable levels of organophosphates (OPs), which are among the most commonly used insecticides on American farms" (Mercola). Brain damage, coma, rashes, cancer, headaches, Parkinson's disease, the list goes on. Huh? What?! Organophosphate pesticides, first developed as a nerve gas in World War II, are the most widely used insecticides in the world. Remember that comment about insanity?
Control Over What I Eat - Urban Food Solution
The more food we grow, the greater our ability to reduce the impacts of industrial agriculture on the planet.
Rachel Carson linked pesticides to cancer in 1962 and as a biologist, studied the effects of pesticides on the surrounding environment: birds, water ways, insects, fish, etc. And yet, here we are in 2016. This angers me, but we all know the problems with our food systems, so let's talk solutions!
Organic, local farms, and growing your own. People across North America are getting creative and replacing concrete and grass with veggies: backyard, balcony, sidewalk, community plot, schools, rooftops - I Love it! I used to live in a very shady town home and now I am in an apartment without a balcony, but I still wanted to grow my own food, so we created the VeggieWall. Who is the VeggieWall for?
- It's great for people that don't have space or time for a garden
- It's great for people who do have a garden but want to keep growing throughout the winter
- It's great for people that do not know how to garden
- It's great for areas experiencing drought because it recirculates the water, using 2/3rd less water than outdoor gardening
- It's great for anyone that isn't already growing their own food or lives in northern climates where we have a short growing season
The VeggieWall - the Urban Food Solution
The VeggieWall will only be made possible with your help. Please check out our Kickstarter Campaign and help us grow our business and make our dream of providing people with an alternative that is healthy for them and the planet!
Thank you for reading our blog. This is part two or a three part series on why it's beneficial to grow our own food. Check out part one: your health.