Jun 12, 2017

What is carbon footprint and how is it contributing to destroying our planet? Carbon footprint does not just refer to car exhaust emissions or recycling. It is much more than that! We are unknowingly contributing to increasing the levels of CO2 in our environment. Our love for exotic food, which is not grown in our country, is another major reason why our planet’s health is declining.

A huge change you can make to help your environment is growing your own food.

The following are some facts on how growing your own food can help you save the planet:

Less CO2 – Compost (Natural Fertilizers)

Growing vegetables such as potatoes and tomatoes in your own backyard is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. It is not so much about the food itself but the process that imports these basic vegetables into your country. Have you ever wondered how much pollution is involved in the importing process? Hundreds of vegetables are grown together using pesticides that corrode the ground. They are then packaged into non-degradable materials. Next are exhaust gases, which are emitted by vehicles and finally the exhaust gas you emit when you go buy these vegetables from your local market.

In contrast, your own food remains can be the ideal source for starting your own garden. Compost, also known as byproducts from natural vegetables, fruits and animal matter is a natural fertilizer. By using these as your soil, you are not only producing rich nutrient filled vegetables but are also giving some of it back to the earth. Just remember to pick food seeds that grow by the season or your produce might take longer to grow.

Aquaponic Gardening

Growing a food garden in your backyard is all well and good but what if you could also have the largest protein source growing in your garden? Aquaponic is what we call killing two birds with one stone.

Aquaponic is a process through which you can use water to grow vegetables with the help of a fish habitat, with no soil required. Sounds cool, right? This is how it works:

  • Introduce hydroponic seeds in the fish tank
  • The fish waste reacts with seeds and work as food source
  • The plants filter the water and absorb the CO2

The bacteria makes a good food source for plants and the worms help in converting the decaying plant matter and solid waste to vermi compost, which works as the soil. This process uses only 10% water as compared to traditional gardening. However, Aquaponics can only be used to grow certain vegetable plants that have a pH level below 5.0.

Through this process, not only are you using less material for growing food, you are producing less CO2 whereas the remaining is used by the plants.

The process of growing your own food is hard but the satisfaction it gives, makes it all the more sweet. You do not have to worry about what kinds of chemical injections were used to make your fruits and veggies grow faster. Plus, you can give yourself a pat on the back because not only did you do something productive, you took a step towards reducing your carbon footprint and saving the planet.

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