Let’s get back to our roots.. Let’s improve our lifestyle’s one step at a time.. What is life REALLY all about.. What is actually important in the end? For all we know, we may only get one shot at this – Don’t leave here with regrets!
Find a few lifestyle solutions here, from food & nutrition, to community inspired initiatives. Health & fitness resources have also been included for a happier & healthier way of life.
“We need to aspire to living improved, genuine, meaningful & simplified lifestyles for the well-being of both the planet & for ourselves – Individually & as a society.
Recommended Steps: Follow the steps below for your lifestyle journey..
Find ways to grow your own food – Become more independent and less reliant on commercial farming.. And the social system as a whole.
Better Food for Better Living!
Let’s start to minimize our potential health risks through the consumption of questionable products often used for large-scale food production. Let us be more aware of where our food comes from, how it is produced and the impact it has on our environment, other species and our communities as a whole. With the world population expected to grow to close on 10 billion people by 2050 – The food industry will be under extreme pressure to help alleviate poverty and meet nutritional demands to ensure food and social security, globally.
“Why not convert, at least, a portion of your garden into a worthy food source?
25.2% (13.8 million) of people are on the food poverty line; living on R441/ month (Adjusted to R531/ month from 2017)
40% (21.9 million) of people are on the lower-bound poverty line (LBPL); living on R647/ month (Adjusted to R758/ month from 2017)
55.5% (30.4 million) of people are on the upper-bound poverty line (UBPL); living on R992/ month (Adjusted to R1,138/ month from 2017)
Poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy childhood development – Unfortunately, over 13 million children in South Africa are living in poverty according to the Living Conditions Survey data (2015)
Poverty also has a major influence on socio-economic factors, such as crime and other social behaviour – Visit: ISS Africa
As it stands with efforts for faster food production, it is inevitable that more and more natural resources will need to be acquired for commercial farming; And to the detriment of even more plant and animal species. Large-scale commercial agriculture tends to require big machinery and equipment over vast tracts of land. Massive resource acquisition and diverting of natural water ways, for irrigation, is common practice. Extensive use of inorganic fertilizers, growth hormone, antibiotics, chemicals (insecticides etc.) and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) production is utilized within commercial agriculture in a valiant effort to feed hungry nations.
With better utilization of existing residential properties and their infrastructure in the way of naturally occurring resources, buildings, irrigation and logistics etc. – We, as a society, can develop diverse portfolios of high performing urban farms to help relieve strains on commercial farming and our ecosystems.
Diagram: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Further benefits may see us living healthier lifestyles with more organic, better tasting and nutrient-rich food straight from our gardens. This will also (i) Create a greater awareness of our consumer behaviour; (ii) Further minimize greenhouse gasses and the extensive global footprint across the entire retail chain; (iii) Save us time sitting in traffic to get to retail stores and other unnecessary expenses on fuel, parking etc.; (iv) Reduce our number of visits to busy retail outlets to purchase over-packaged foods and other consumables… to name just a few.
This may be at least one of the solutions needed to help feed our families and communities through healthier and more sustainable means. It is very likely that we will eventually need to go back to our roots, to a large degree… A simpler way of life so to speak; in order for humans, animals, plant species and our planet to survive in the long run.
Scaling-Up for Sustainable Living
Urban farming on residential or privately owned properties may contribute to better living to some degree. However, scaling this up to larger tracts of land that may be considered ‘under-utilized’ could further drive positive change.
Golf courses (sports grounds), green spaces, community parks, school grounds, business parks, to name just a few; Usually acquire large hectares of land within metropolitan areas. All of these facilities usually have easy access to infrastructure, irrigation, electricity and are surrounded by transport networks. Better utilization of these land masses, coupled with creative approaches could allow for more sustainable, environmental and community based initiatives.
‘Urban farming’ on such properties will not only help feed, but will economically benefit communities through education, skills development and job creation – This should also have a positive social influence over time, if implemented correctly. If certain participating entities do not have the resources to implement and maintain these allocated ‘growing areas’ – These roles can be outsourced to Entrepreneurs, SMEs or even Commercial Businesses (large employers) to ensure the success of such a project; Or land can be leased for commercial ventures and economic gain.
A Few Examples:
Golf Courses: Plant fruit trees & vegetable gardens in & around ‘rough areas’, under-utilized land & other suitable zones
Water Ways: Pisciculture (Fish Farming) in clean & suitable water outlets
Green Areas: Plant suitable food sources or natural biodiverse options for a healthier Ecosystem
Parks & Gardens: Replace exotic trees, plants & resource intense species with suitable food sources or natural biodiverse options
Grass Verges & Pavements: As a few European cities have done, plant fruit trees for community consumption. In suitable areas, vegetable gardens can replace grass verges offering a honesty box system or a community based feeding program
All Areas: Continue to look at our Ecosystem, as a whole, with creative solutions to further benefit our environment & communities
Just a thought on sustainability? …
HOW MUCH WATER DOES THE AVERAGE GOLF COURSE USE?
“We all know that water is our most precious resource & without it, life would simply not exist!
Golf courses, as an example, do offer a number of positive attributes to society. However, they do also bring a number of concerns to the table. They tend to be highly resource intensive – Requiring billions of liters of water every year to keep the grass green for an elite status.
They also require excessive fertilization at times… And a tendency to produce an abundance of noise population with ‘mowers & blowers’ to keep the lawns trim and leaves off the tee boxes, cart paths and greens. Indigenous plant and animal species can also tend to suffer. Moreover, Greenkeepers and maintenance staff can often resort to what could be considered inhuman practices, “to keep the wildlife at bay!”
Surely, there is a happy medium, a win-win, where golf courses and other properties taking up large tracts of land can better utilize their resources and adopt greater awareness – Becoming far more sustainable, environmentally friendly and even more community focused.
GOLF COURSES: JUST A FEW STATS
Average Golf Course Size:“Based on a report from the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America, an 18–hole golf facility, which includes bodies of water, hard structures and out-of-play areas, averages about 150 to 200 acres. Typical urban golf courses are about 110 to 120 acres, while courses in resort areas may be 170 to 190 acres” [Source: GolfWeek]
South African Golf Courses (WC):“Average daily water use for a golf course varies from 1,2 to 3 million liters per day (Up to ~90 million liters a month). In comparison, the average household with 6Kl of free basic water a month would use between 6,000-15,000 liters per house in the same month” [Source: www.waterwise.co.za]
US Golf Courses:“Courses around the U.S. suck up around approximately 2.08 billion gallons (~7.87 billion liters) of water per day for irrigation. That’s about 130,000 gallons (~492,103 liters) per day per course, according to the golf industry” [Source: www.insidescience.org]
Q: How often do golf courses water the grass?
A: On average, every two to three days [Source: www.golf.com] – Depending on conditions
BE A SUPER URBAN FARMER!
If you are a super urban farmer producing a surplus, don’t let it go to waste – Help by either selling your produce; Or make donations to your communities (e.g. Soup kitchens, underprivileged schools & the like) to help alleviate poverty, inequality and environmental expropriation. If human empathy and our environment are not enough of a motivation, you can be rest assured this will have serious socio-economic benefits in the long-term.
BE THE CHANGE ~ YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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“There are over 40 million acres of lawn in North America.”
In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.
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