Worldwide, the food we eat is getting less and less healthy - agricultural land has lost an average of 73% of its minerals and trace elements through soil erosion and depletion in the last hundred years, and that makes for fewer nutrients in our food. On top of that, pesticide residue found on much of the fruits and vegetables we buy in stores has been found to pose a potential cancer risk and may interfere with the hormonal and nervous systems. Our food has also become bad for the planet - much of the food we eat has been transported hundreds or thousands of miles before reaching our table. The use of farming machinery, production of agrochemicals, packaging and transport are all energy-intensive, contributing significantly to the emission of greenhouse gases and global warming.
Amma recommends that everyone try to grow enough of their own vegetables so that at least once a month, they can eat food they grew themselves. By growing your own organic veggies, you can be sure that the food you eat is free from pesticides and that its natural healthy properties are intact. But ultimately, we care for nature not because the future of humanity is at stake, but because it’s the right thing to do. If we lose our inner feeling of being connected with Nature, we start to exploit and thereby destroy her. Growing your own veggies is a wonderful way to re-establish this rich but forgotten relationship. The InDeed Guide to Growing Your Own Veggies, delivered to your email inbox when you click Count Me In
, is packed with tips on how to bring your very own organic veggies from seed to the dinner table, so you can play your part in nourishing both nature and humanity.