Editorial | Food security and household waste

With the increasing cost of food in the market and the desire for people to eat food that are pesticide-free, urban container gardening might just provide the answer.

Jojo Rom, an agriculturist who has done extensive study and research on urban gardening, said anyone can plant food at home which ensures the family’s food security as well as make household waste beneficial as organic fertilizer. Over all, it contributes to proper waste management.

It does not require hectares to be food sufficient. Pots and used plastics can be transformed into receptacles for vegetables or spices that we use daily. Household waste, properly segregated and reused, can be part of the food system in urban container gardening.

We have a very popular folk song “Bahay Kubo’ which is actually a representation of how Filipinos used to be food sufficient.

All of the vegetables mentioned in the song such as eggplant, okra, cabbage, beans, can also be planted even on a small piece of land. We eat what we grow. This way, no one will go hungry apart from knowing how our food is grown.

Many would say that it is better to just buy food in the market rather than spend a lot of time growing your own food. Rom said that it only takes 30 minutes each day to check and monitor the plants which could also be spiritually rewarding for people even with the short time they commune with nature and the environment. Working on the soil, caring for the plants certainly have therapeutic effects and can de-stress urbanites who face the urban jungle every day.

Urban container gardening can help us in food security and cutting household waste. This is something we should be excited about.

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