GROWING YOUR OWN WELLNESS: HOW TO CULTIVATE YOUR OWN FOOD FOR HEALTH

Selective Focus Photography of Vegetables in Basket

“You eat what you grow.”


personal garden growth

Living in New York City, I wish there was an ability to grow your own crop. I would love to have a space to grow some type of crop for my own personal consumption. But if you live in the majority of the United States, you can grow your own crop in a garden in your back yard. Or, if you have enough land there are ways to grow more for you and your family. Just make sure your know what you are doing, because growing crops takes more than just digging up the ground and throwing some seed in the Earth hoping to have a successful outcome. But you also want to check on other aspects of growth before you start, such as laws.

growth laws

You want to start eating healthier foods, but you can’t just go to the store because the cost is so much money. So now you want to grown your crops to consume, but check the laws. In the United States, there are laws prohibiting the growth of certain crops in certain areas of your property. Which means, you may not be able to grow crops in the front yard of your house. But as far as the backyard, there are a lot less regulations. But also, make sure that the crop in the backyard is something you can grow as well. Meaning, strawberries are a better pick to grow, than cabbage because cabbage has a smell that resonates in the air. But beware of strawberries considering mice need fruit for energy. So understand, your health is important, but we do have laws.

surviving the right way

If you want to teach your child/children a great way to self sustain, then teach them how to grow crop. It not only promotes a healthy way to live, but it also shows them how to survive off of the land in which they reside. Before I spoke of the laws concerning growing your own crop, but for those that can, they don’t. Utilizing your land fully to the best of your ability is crucial to your survival. So for those out there with the means and land to do it, go for it. And if you know someone with the land that will allow you to grow, ask them as well.


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A WORLD OF WEED: HOW THE BUSINESS COULD REALLY PAN OUT

Shallow Focus Photography of Cannabis Plant

“Pass the dutchie.”


the dope game

Growing up for me in the inner city, I would see guys selling drugs on the street corner. And one of those drugs was marijuana. And now that states are passing laws stating you are allowed to smoke in small quantities, even profit, makes you wonder. How will this business model pan out in the long run once big businesses start to get involved. Now you’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry that is going to be controlled by few players. But also, what will come of all these prison inmates who were sent to jail for marijuana charges.

laws and current inmates

There are men and women currently in jail for crimes associated with marijuana. So what will happen to them once the laws are fully passed through? Will the courts grant them clemency, or will they have to serve their time considering they were convicted under an old law? Because to now say it’s totally fine, you’re allowing those legal access to sell, while individuals sit in jail for the exact same crime. Then again, states are fine with the drug, but federally, there are still problems. So dispensary owners and smokers beware.

big business

You could make a lot of money if you have the ability to enter the industry and you have a good enough liquid asset. Because getting in early means collecting before everyone can get involved. So once the big boys come in, everything will change because they will have the capital needed to keep you form competing. Then again, who has a good $250,000 plus lying around to start in the game.


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SELF-SUSTAINING HARVEST: WILL THE GOVERNMENT EVER ALLOW US TO DO SO

Man Watering the Plant during Daytime

“It’s not that we can’t, we’re not allowed.”


caring for self

Throughout history, farming has been a major aspect of America life. But since we get so many of our crops from outside the country, we are not producing crop here anymore. Why don’t we produce more crop here and become exporters. Or better yet, why are we not self-sustaining? A major reason why is because the United States government has such a strong hold on crop.

The United States government is notorious for telling and even enforcing people not to grow crop. But why are we not allowed to grow and sustain ourselves? There are literally people with their own land starving because they can’t grow what they want on their own land.

what is self-sustaining

When I say self-sustaining, it could mean not only growing your own crop, but also selling the crop you grow. And here is where you will run into problems. When you are trying to build a form of commerce in the space. Because you have a host of sanitary issues that the government will interject themselves within. So what are you to do? What could we really do?

ambiguous sustaining

Now, we already have self-sustaining, and it is called freelance workers. People who are freelance work on their own without a boss/supervisor watching over their work. But when it comes to crop, being freelance is a lot different. Which is odd because anyone can open a restaurant, but it’s hard to sell your crop to anyone. Nonetheless, we have plenty of self-sustaining people.

So in the government’s eyes, self-sustaining already exist. Yet self-sustaining can easily be misconstrued with self-sufficient. Self-sufficient is taking care of “ones” self without outside help and self-sustaining is more of a “systematic” form of sustaining. But as much as we would like the government to allow us sustainability, they will always step in front of our progress.


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PERSONAL PLANT GROWTH: HOW DOES ONE APPROACH THIS SITUATION

gardening, hand, harvest

“How to feed self.”


self sustaining

I have written in previous articles regarding horticulture and growing your own crop. Even recently I wrote about the GMO’s that are in our food. But what is the science behind planting your own crop in your backyard or on land? People in America used to be farmers, now we receive much of our crop overseas, we don’t even know the first steps in our own farming anymore. I have been thinking about this recently since wanting to buy my own house one day. Do I buy a really nice house, or smaller home but utilize the land for other means. Because that house looks nice, but the land used for growing crop is a good business.

obstacles

The obstacles you would think are the growing of the crop: how to plant and how to keep growth moving along. But the main obstacles to farming would have to be the government regulations. If you want to grow crop for your own personal usage, then get straight to it. But if you want to have any operation that is going to be generating profit, then these are the following permits you will need for crops and livestock:

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Permits

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New Source Review Permitting

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

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Pesticide Label

Worker Protection Standard

Certification and Training Regulation

Environmental Protection Act (Endangered Species)

Waste Pesticides

Facility Standards

Underground Storage Units/Tanks

Clean Water

giving it a go

So far we have been just talking about it, why not give it a try. I wonder what type of farmer I would truly become if I tried farming. And from the looks of how health consicous our society has become, it will either be growing your own crop of forcing farms to have better standards. Yes, we can tell from the list above we already have enough standards. But there are still practices that need to change in our society. And I not only referring to the United States, but globally.


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THE CHANGE IN TIMES: HOW WILL CIVILIZATIONS LOOK IN THE FUTURE

ai, artificial intelligence, astronaut

“Where will we be?”


At the rate at which technology is advancing, I wonder what will come of the future of how we interact in society? Will there ever come a time where Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter won’t exist? My best guess is yes, but we have existed this long on Earth without social media. What will be the next best thing that replaces this social environment making life better? That’s just the social world, what about how we eat food, mass transportation, and education; not to mention politics. When you look at the age of man, we have been moving at a very fast pace over time. And just in the next ten years, I wonder what will come of our society. More developed countries will look a far cry from their less developed of course. So much so, that whatever we have in society that is of interest today could be a third world country’s existence years and years from now.

Then again, the complete opposite could take place. America could potentially find itself on the brink of collapse. How would the world look without an America? It has happened already because America is only 241 years old. So there was a lot that existed on this land prior to a lot of our ancestors coming here. With the way China is growing, could we see a great immigration to China from other parts of the world? But see, that theory is highly unlikely considering that China is already at 1.7 billion people. There is no way to accommodate more people wanting to move to China. What about the role religion plays in our society? With the amount of people stepping away from religion just in America, all three of the majors are in jeopardy. Because as science becomes better and better, there is less need for the idea of a deity.

My best guess is that we will be in less need as we did in the past. But what will that do to a population that has counted on the beliefs of religion for thousands of years. And with an increasing human population, people always have looked to religion to hold on to because they can’t accept their ending. Yet, when the more people figure out about science, the more intrigue to learn more and more coping with your end. Another questions is, will we have enough food to go around for more people than today? Well, we ‘re starting to see farming experimentations actually in poor countries where growing crop is a lot cheaper, and the land is less utilized. So in the end, none of us know for certain what the future will bring. We only have predictions for what will take place. But when my great grandmother died in 2010, she was shy of her 100th birthday. If I live that long, how will the world look through my lens.


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