Reasons To Grow Your Own Food Why You Should Grow Your Own Food, Reason 6: Nutrition by David The Good August 2, 2013July 31, 2015 written by David The Good August 2, 2013July 31, 2015 Yet another reason you should grow your own: commercial food is imitation food. Steve Solomon explains: Amazon.com Widgets Share this post!FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestRelated posts:GMOs leading to higher pesticide use?And so Big Ag made a factory farmer...Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason 4Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason 3Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason 2 nutritionsteve solomon 4 comments FacebookTwitterGoogle +PinterestRedditWhatsappEmail David The Good previous post Florida Gardening in August next post Cindy Connor on seed saving Related Articles A great post from Keoni Galt on biotech May 15, 2013 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason... February 1, 2013 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason... October 18, 2012 GMOs leading to higher pesticide use? June 12, 2013 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason... November 28, 2012 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food: “Natural” Means... February 10, 2014 ‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s Roundup Found on Iowa... May 9, 2014 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food, Reason... March 1, 2013 And so Big Ag made a factory farmer… February 7, 2013 Why You Should Grow Your Own Food: Reason... December 17, 2012 4 comments eli August 2, 2013 - 6:19 pm Kind of a personal question – and one you may not wish to answer on a blog . . . but given you're such an inspiration, I was wondering approximately what percentage of the food you and your family consume do you grow? If you tell me none of my business, I'm going to guess about 40 – 45%. 🙂 Reply Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good August 2, 2013 - 7:24 pm That's a good question. Right now, it's not that high. In the spring it was probably about 50%. In the fall it gets up there again. Right now, if we wanted to, we could live on cassava roots, moringa leaves, chaya and baby sweet potatoes… but really, I think I'll wait until fall and winter when the big root harvest comes in and we've got lots of broccoli and carrots, etc. The long-term goal is to get close to 100%, but that's going to take having the fruit trees in production. I also do a lot of writing work which keeps me from dedicating myself completely to gardening. 🙂 Reply ChrisC August 3, 2013 - 1:22 am Interesting…. Reply rycamor August 3, 2013 - 5:24 pm Yeah… seeing stuff like this only confirms my mounting suspicions over the years. We are being massively sold out by our food system. It has gotten worse every decade due to a) increasing centralization, so produce has to be picked earlier and transported fartherb) increasing use of pesticides and fertilizers tailored to make produce big and pretty, but not nutritiousc) genetic modification, all aimed at making food easier to transport, more impervious to pesticides and pests, and of course prettier, but who cares about nutrition?d) A huge industry dedicated to convincing people that their nutritional requirements can be met in pill form. We know that most vitamins cannot really be used by the body sans their natural environment. A vitamin is not just a substance, but a biological mechanism. Just extracting a substance from that mechanism does not provide the same benefit.e) An even huger industry selling "replacement foods". If it is processed and in a box, what's the likelihood that it has anywhere near the vitamin capability of the produce it was derived from? The way I see it, the only supermarket food that has any redeeming quality might be the frozen vegetable section. At least some companies work hard to freeze the produce within hours of picking, to lock in the nutrition. I'm sure the act of freezing probably reduces the vitamin efficacy somewhat, though. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.