The pandemic has made significant changes in everyone’s lives. It has brought new life patterns that have driven people to look for better ways to adapt to the situation while staying home. One of the activities that many have been practicing nowadays is growing food.
Not only is the fear of food shortage the reason behind the increased interest in gardening, but longing for stress-relieving activities may have urged many to venture into tending plants, too. With this, here are four reasons why this trend must be a constant thing in our lives, even after the pandemic ends:
Greener town and cities
The crisis has rekindled people’s interest in growing food, pushing them to re-evaluate the importance of gardening in urban landscapes. Having realized this has spurred many individuals to grow crops in their spare spaces. Fortunately, opportunities for food production are not only limited to the field, but one can grow even on window sills and rooftops, and in rooms, on walls, and other tight spaces.
Having edible spaces is not merely for sustenance, but also provides cooler air, and reduces flood risk and pollution.
Raising the levels of food production can minimize the risk of food shortage. With massive numbers of people living in cities, it is going to make a mark if every household grows food. This will help everyone become self-sufficient; not needing to rely on the food producers alone, especially when disasters come.
Gardening and immersing oneself in nature can make one physically and mentally healthy. These aside, growers not only have greater access to fruits and vegetables, but also allows them to have a deeper understanding of producing food, making them have a shift in perspective and attitudes.
Making cities greener can be a key element in combating the threats of urbanization. In one study, community gardens are found to be good spots for insect pollination due to the diverse range of fruiting and native plants available. With proper implementation and planning, community gardens can boost biodiversity. Aside from converting unproductive spaces into rich and thriving plots, focusing on wildlife must also be considered to avoid them losing habitats in towns.
Other than these reasons, having a green environment helps us cope with the stress of daily living. Without plants, we would all be living in toxic surroundings.