It’s been said by environmental leaders like Michael Pollan that one of the best and easiest things we can do to reduce carbon emissions is to start a garden. Starting a garden can also help to dramatically reduce our use of plastics and improve our health. Here are two great benefits of growing your own food and herbs:
The supermarket in your backyard has no plastic packaging
Everything we buy at stores tends to involve plastic packaging. By growing your own food, you effectively step outside of this plastic supply chain, and enter into your own plastic-free one! I currently have a bounty of sugar snap peas growing on a trellis in my front yard. I use a stainless steel bowl to collect the peas — there is ZERO plastic involved in this process.
Grow your own herbs to avoid artificial additives in medicine
Modern supermarket medicines are often packaged in copious amounts of plastic, and use unnatural additives for shelf-life preservation. Most people don’t realize that most herbs are quite easy to grow. The photo below shows a cilantro plant that popped in a corner of my garden on its own. I’m also growing white sage, fenugreek, and holy basil. Be aware of your climate and sunlight conditions, and plant herbs that grow well in your region. You’ll be pleasantly surprised about how easy they are to take care of. They can be used in food or as medicine.
Based in the Bay Area at UC Berkeley and Stanford, Rohit Kumar is a passionate advocate for a cleaner planet with healthier people.