Earth Day 2011

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on April 22, 2011

In the last 41 years, Earth Day has made major contribution to our lives.  The Clean Air, Clean Water act, even if enforced only fitfully, has made it easier to breathe and safer to drink the water.  Even the fact that BP Oil had to engage in a massive cleanup of their oil spill mess is a testament to the power of the environmental movement.

Growing food for your family is a powerful, earth affirming act.  When you grow your own food, you know what fertilizer went on your plants.  You control the amount and types of pesticides used.  You even control the type of seeds you grow  — GMO, conventional, or organic.

Just as important, however, when you grow your food, it isn’t trucked in or flown in to your location.  That means fossil fuels are not burned to get your vegetables to you.  Migrant laborers do not labor in the hot sun picking it, often for wages that fall far short of a living wage.  You are not part of a whole system that is hard on the environment and the humans that live in it.

It is not too late to plant a garden this year.  Warm season crops can still be planted.  After those are spent, the fall garden will go in.  You can grow enough vegetables to can, freeze, dry, and consume for the next year if you work at it.  Even if you do not have room for a garden, you can grow a surprising number of vegetables in containers.

Plant something today in celebration of Earth Day.  Smell the good earth, get your hands dirty, and rejoice!

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Christopher from Technology Bloggers April 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

Hoping to plant some onions, although as it has been so hot I have being doing some weeding, does that make me a bad person on earth day 😉

Have you seen Google’s logo today, if you scroll over it, all sorts of things move 🙂

Great post for a great cause!
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Stephanie Suesan Smith April 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

Weeding has to be done too, or the weeds will choke out the good things.


Christopher from Technology Bloggers April 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

True I guess 😉
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The Sage Butterfly April 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had a garden? Then all would know the pleasure of biting into a juicy homegrown tomato or clipping firm and flavorful lettuce leaves or reaching up to pick long green okra. A-ah…there is nothing better…


Jimmy from Flexible Solar Panels August 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

More and more, I wish I could grow all my own food. I just heard a report that 60-90% of the air and water samples being tested recently have come up positive with the pesticide spray that Monsanto uses on all their GMO crops. That’s just mind boggling to me. I can’t believe that all of Europe is so anti GMO and here, we just don’t seem to care at all.
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