Category Archives: Environment

How gardening can make you an environmentalist

Growing plants and vegetables is one of the greenest things you can do. Gardening can help reduce your environmental footprint, but it also highlights the interconnectedness of all the different parts of an ecosystem. To have a successful garden, a gardener needs to understand the relationships between soil, plants, biodiversity, climate, and water. In doing…

Controlling Pests: An Organic and Holistic Approach

Knowing your garden and the food you produce is free of harmful pesticides is one of the main motivations for gardeners. But what if you have pests? There are natural, organic, and non-intensive ways to control unwanted organisms from your garden. In fact, you don’t even do any of the controlling, the garden itself does.…

Reduce your garden water footprint

Southern Ontario is blessed with ample access to fresh water. Unlike many places suffering from drought, water is plentiful here. But this is no reason to treat this precious resource as free. As you have learned in this issue, the food we eat requires enormous amounts of water. Any gardener will know that vegetables do…

Virtual water is a real food problem

Did you know that the average Canadian consumes 6400 litres of water per day?[1] That means every week, you are consuming enough water to fill a 12x24 foot pool, and every year, you will fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Everything you consume has a certain amount of water embodied in it. The cotton for your…

Why love your leftovers?

In April, many people around the world celebrate Earth Day by trying to reduce their impact on the environment. When you think about your carbon footprint, what comes to mind? The car you drive, the home you live in, the trips you take? These are important parts of your personal impact on the environment, but…

Pulses – the healthy waste “less” food

Do you know that every year approximately one third of the world’s food production goes to waste?1 Besides representing a waste of money, time and energy, wasted food ends up in landfills and serves as one of the main sources of greenhouse gases.2 So what is one of the strategies we can use to reduce…