Planting organic vegetable seeds benefits the grower as well as the Earth. Many people have lost faith in the healthfulness of the fresh produce they find in their supermarkets, which may be produced through environmentally damaging practices. Instead, they have opted for growing their own fruits and vegetables in order to have some control over the quality of the food they eat. By choosing organic seeds, many home growers are contributing to sustainability, biodiversity and good farming practice.
Growing vegetables for private use is rewarding. There is the pleasure of taking a basket or bowl out into the garden or balcony and picking still sun-warm tomatoes to prepare for the evening meal. Home grown vegetables are often more flavorsome than store bought and growing your own vegetables means you know what has been done to them from seed to fork, in terms of pesticides and fertilizers. Often with store bought fresh produce, it can be hard to know whether the tomatoes you are eating have been genetically modified, sprayed with toxins or even watered with pollutants. The same goes for seeds.
When deciding which to buy for your own garden, organic seeds can be a good choice for the long term well being of the planet as well as for the preservation of old fashioned plant varieties which you may never have seen or tasted before. Mass production of fruit and vegetables has resulted in some producers choosing a few strains of one seed over a wealth of others for economic reasons. Organic seed propagators, on the other hand, are interested in promoting and preventing the extinction of heirloom and rare or local varieties of plants for the sake of biodiversity.
Awareness of the unsustainable practices used by major food suppliers has prompted a trend towards people growing their own foods. Many consumers begin to make a stand and become self sufficient for the sake of taste and the certainty that what they eat is not laced with pesticides or genetically engineered and produced through environmentally damaging practices. Choosing organic seeds begins the practice towards sustainable biodiversity as well as safe-guarding the continuing existence of plant varieties which may otherwise become extinct due to the selective growing and genetic modification methods chosen by major food producers.
There are often many different varieties of the same plant available, however, for one reason or another most people have only tasted one variety. In the case of tomatoes, there are hundreds of different kinds, shapes and colors which have been successfully preserved from extinction by seed banks, organic farmers and home gardeners. Through the interest of a few people, some of these rare tomatoes have also become available to the general public, highlighting the importance of biodiversity and what we may lose if we do not consider the consequences of industrialized farming practices.
It is not only the taste-buds which can benefit from growing your own. There is a trend towards the economics of self-sufficiency which was once an ordinary practice for our great-grand parents. The benefits of making your own jams, preserves and sauces are partly the enjoyment of bringing food from your summer garden to your winter table as well as the certainty of knowing what your jams and preserves contain. There is also the pride of self-sufficiency brings and saving a penny for yourself. Seeds can be taken from old vegetables and used for the next season’s crops saving a few more pennies.
Planting organic vegetable seeds in your vegetable patch is empowering yourself when it comes to food choices. It is a decision to choose sustainability, biodiversity, conservation. It is a step towards living and eating in a more environmentally aware and nutritious way. For food lovers it is the chance to eat the freshest and most seasonal produce, picked fresh from your own garden.