No matter who you are or where and how you live, the food you eat plays a massive role in your daily life and happiness. Rapid global urbanization agriculture means that people everywhere are becoming disconnected from the source of the food. And some are starting to rebel against this trend by growing their crops right in their city homes. Why are so many people turning to their private balconies, backyards, rooftops, and roadsides for food? The reasons are many, and the benefits of urban gardening are spread across all spheres of life.
Urban Gardening Helps In Food Security
Perhaps the most prominent and measurable benefit of growing your food is that those who do will always have something to eat. Even in times of food shortage or unemployment. This means that the popularity of homegrown veggies is good news for the whole country. Even a small pot or scrap of land can go a long way to supplement the weekly groceries and is guaranteed to be fresh and nutritious.
Growing your veggies requires only minimal setup costs, and they can even be in fertilization using compost from household scraps. Urban farming also saves money by eliminating transportation costs. This makes up a large part of the price tag for the products you find in the grocery store.
An area of only one square meter can produce 20kg of food per year, up to 15 times more than a traditional farm. Depending on the size of the plot, some families even sell their excess veggies at local markets for extra income.
Many people grow their food with an eye to a much larger picture. With seven billion hungry people to feed, agriculture takes a huge and damaging toll on the Earth. Habitats are in destruction to make way for large farms, water, and energy resources are depleted. And pesticides pollute the rapidly eroding soil.
Growing food at home can have a considerable impact. Making good use of otherwise unnoticed space like rooftops, backyards, balconies, and even empty lots. And roadside strips help to maximize the space we use to grow our food. Instead of cutting down trees to make way for a new rural field, urban farmers can create fertile, beautiful areas in a concrete city.
Your backyard is as local as it gets. Massive amounts of energy and pollution are safe when food doesn’t have to be shipped hundreds of miles in refrigerated vehicles to arrive on grocery store shelves. It is also easy to grow organic, pesticide-free produce at home. Because the small scale does not attract swarms of pests.
Organic, homegrown, just-picked vegetables will always be more delicious than food that has been frozen or left on the store shelf for days or even weeks. No amount of money could buy a meal fresher than one you picked in your garden. Sweet, local food tastes better, and even more so when you add the satisfaction of growing it with your own hands.
Lush, green gardens decorating rooftops and lining the streets make a busy city a refreshing and pleasant place to live. Having more inner-city plants also increases shade and fights against the “heat island” effect. That can easy to create by large cities where the roads and buildings soak up and reflect heat. This makes summer in the town more unpleasant than living just outside it.