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 life – Don’t leave here with regrets!
Find a few health & fitness solutions right here; along with community inspired initiatives for an improved and more meaningful lifestyle.
Food + Nutrition
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 by meeting nutritional demands to ensure food and social security, globally.
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 eco-systems.
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, planet species and our planet to survive in the long run.
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 (soup kitchens & 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 it will have serious socio-economic benefits in the long-term.
“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.
Get growing and start to directly help feed your family and surrounding communities. Find recommended suppliers below or search online if you require more information.
Seeds for Africa is a privately owned company in South Africa. Formed in 2011 we have a catalogue of over 2600 indigenous African and Exotic plant seeds. We are verified sellers on bidorbuy.co.za where we are consistently the top seller in the garden and outdoor living category. We trade on eBay where we have attained top rated seller status on the United States, German, French and United Kingdom sites. We operate our independent websites www.seedsforafrica.co.za catering to the domestic South African market and www.AfricaSeeds.com catering to the International market.
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