Organic Gardening Benefits (Google / Everything Outside)

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Organic Gardening Benefits Our Health & The Planet

Did you know that interest in gardening is increasing at a rapid rate?  The increase is due to the under 35 set who is said to have a greater interest in the environment and going green.  The primary field of gardening interest of Generation Y is organic gardening. There has been a lot written about organic gardening in the mainstream media and it has become a very popular topic with many, not just youth.  With so many more health and environmentally conscious people around today, organic gardening has become quite popular. Organic produce has become a featured item at many large-chain grocery stores so it is no wonder people want to know more about organic gardening.  Some would even grow their own organic produce if they only knew how or had the time or had the space for it.

But do we really know what organic gardening is?

My definition might differ from yours, but to me, organic gardening means raising vegetables, flowers and plants without harmful artificial chemical herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.   I don’t think it is possible to be one hundred percent organic and I certainly don’t think the average hobby gardener should worry about meeting whatever the commercial gardening standards are in their particular area. But I do truly believe that people can enjoy a healthier life by including more organic gardening in their lives and more organic produce on their tables.

So how do we go about creating an organic gardening project that will actually result in healthy harvests of pure healthy foods?  How do we nurture a sick planet back to health and assure a brighter future for future generations to come?  Well, one way is to stop using so many chemical poisons in general and in our food in particular.  It has been said that our food can contain up to 450 different added unnecessary and even dangerous chemicals.

By simply removing artificial chemicals from the gardening equation, we can improve our health.  We can be successful at organic gardening without the use of chemicals through building the soil and mimicking nature’s ways to do the rest.  This doesn’t mean that we don’t adapt them, but in general, if we follow nature’s lead and use the wisdom that the environment has accumulated over the course of Earth’s history, we can be very successful in our organic gardening efforts.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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