Global Warming is Changing Our Vegetable Planting Zones and How You Can Help Save the Environment

I always pick up the free Natural Awakenings magazine from my local Sunflower Market grocery store when the new issue comes out every month. There are regional versions of the magazine, so check your local specialty health store to see if they have one for your city.

Anyway, there was an article in the April 2012 issue in the Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition that really caught my eye. I scanned it so that you can read it yourself.

This is scary news!!

It’s great that we now have a longer growing season, and it’s neat being able to grow foods that previously couldn’t be grown in certain planting zones, but the drawbacks of global warming certainly outweigh those benefits.

We’re killing our planet!

If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably noticed how the early heat-waves have put the growing season in fast-forward. The same thing is happening to commercial growers. Their foods are growing super-fast so they need to harvest early. It’s also causing vegetable yields to wilt fast.

This is putting a dent in their profits, which will eventually pass the cost down to the consumer.

So what can you do to help?

Here’s a great list of things you can do to prevent global warming.

Here are some of the things I do to help the environment.

  • I buy only compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • I use recycled paper (toilet paper, paper towels, writing paper)
  • I take quick showers (I’ve actually switched to cold showers too)
  • I ride my bike to work twice a week (28 miles per day)
  • I try to plan all shopping for one day a week, to cut down on how much I drive
  • I compost what I can, instead of throwing it away
  • I use the Misto oil sprayer for olive oil and coconut oil instead of buying canned aerosol sprays
  • I do all of my dishes by hand and use the dishwasher only as a dry-rack
  • I use a battery-powered lawnmower and weed-whacker

These are just a few things that come to mind right now. I’m sure there are many others. I always try to think about what’s best for the environment with everything that I do. I’m not perfect, but I do what I can.

Do you have your own tips to help save the environment? I’d love to hear them!

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