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Growing your own food may save you in the long run

In the wake of the COVID-19 quarantine in different countries, grocery shelves have been running empty since people have started hoarding and overstocking supplies for their families. 

Due to the crisis, people panic so they end up buying things they don’t need with the fear of running out of food. People tend to panic-buy items without having an idea of what they are going to do with it.

In the old days, our ancestors lived through war, poverty, and crisis. Many relied on agriculture. In order to survive during the tough times, they would prepare by growing food for consumption. If things turn out for the worst, food growers are the ones who are more prepared than the hoarders.  

Even without a green thumb or an actual garden, you can still grow food and not depend on canned goods. If you plan to start growing now, plants like spinach and Asian greens should be on your list as they can grow fast and can be harvested after a month or two.

Growing your food can be the smart thing during uncertain times like this but in the long run, it will always be an ideal way to secure enough food for the family during a crisis. It reduces waste and environmental impact, lessens food costs, and helps us withstand not just this, but the future calamities that we may encounter.  

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