Where Will Your Food Come From in the Future?
With the rapid increase in our food demand and need for healthy, nutritious, and vitamin dense food it is becoming ever so important to fulfill our bodies with the nutrients we need. Yet as time goes on our food seems to contain more and more chemicals, preservatives, and toxins. Pharmaceutical companies continue to grow bigger and the need to supplement our diets with vitamins is increasingly important. What can you do about this and how can we prevent this?
With our current habits the world will eventually be overdetermined by climate change which may well be irreversible. Adjusting how we live on this beautiful planet instead of figuring out how to manage and control the earth is essential to our survival and success as a civilization. Day by day we continue to produce, pollute, and waste our natural resources. We avoid taking responsibility for the issues we have created and seek to blame one another instead of uniting with the common goal to save our planet. This denial of fault is the attitude we can no longer stand for and must enact change.
Current traditional farms contribute to byproducts that result from the manufacturing of fertilizers and pesticides damaging our environments. While organic farms have a significantly less impact, many do not switch to organic for many reasons. One might not want to switch due to the increased production costs on a yearly basis or the 36 month wait list to become a USDA Certified Organic farm. Further during this wait period, a farm must be fully converted to an organic system without receiving the title of Organic . Yes, you will have a higher selling point of your product, ensuring we will be able to charge people more money for the nutrients our bodies need. Essentially labeling staying healthy as an upper-class commodity.
Luckily the rise of indoor vertical farming or controlled environmental agriculture (CEA) is coming. Indoor vertical farming refers to the method of growing produce in a closed system, like a warehouse, using LED spectrum lights on raised racks to grow your crops. This form of farming eliminates the need for herbicides and pesticides, uses up to 95% less water (in aeroponic systems), on a large scale could result in a significant reduction in air pollution and CO2 emissions, and allow for continuous crop production. Not only will the food produced locally be fresher, healthier, and tastier but it will also help decrease the pollution in our community!
With the rise of CEA it would be a shame to see its promising benefits go to waste. It is important to promote farms and companies that value sustainable growing methods and promote a healthier planet. Change can only be made as a collective effort and we must all look to our future and realize that the decisions we make now will carry on for generations to come. Although traditional farming still dominates the industry, as more and more people educate themselves on where their food comes from and are aware of the costs of our traditional system the tide will turn.
The health benefits of Microgreens
Apricus Greens was founded based on the idea to provide as many people as we can with healthy nutrition dense produce to fulfill our bodies with these nutrients. While microgreens alone may not solve this problem, it is certainly a step in the right direction. Consuming food that supports your mind, body, and soul is the step our community must take to ensure our health and prosperity.
Microgreens boast outstanding health benefits compared to fully grown produce. Packed with nutrients, most microgreens contain rich quantities of potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, as well as beneficial compounds like antioxidants. Looking into our most nutritious crop, broccoli, you will find even greater benefits. Sulforaphane, the most beneficial compound in broccoli microgreens aids in fighting inflammation, healing damaged cells, and contains anti cancer properties. On top of this broccoli microgreens on average contain 10 times more nutrients than a fully grown broccoli plant by weight. Looking at our other products you will come across many more super nutritious varieties.
Sunflower microgreens can help lower cholesterol, regulate hormones, and provide essential amino acids. Radish microgreens contain high amounts of vitamins A,B,C,E, K, carotene, potassium, and fiber. Beet microgreens contain a high concentration of nitrates. Nitrates are know for having a blood pressure lowering effect giving you a reduced risk of heart problems. Beet can also help reduce stress, temporarily relieve headaches and other ailments. Cilantro microgreens help support bone development and lower blood sugar. Basil microgreens contain antiinflammatory properties and aid in regulating digestion. Amaranth is nutrient dense in vitamins A,C, and E and is best know for speeding up metabolism and preventing heart disease.
Want to read more?
Our Nutrient World
Food System Sustainability
In Depth Microgreen Study
Microgreen Health Facts