Grow Yourself a Garden (Even if it Doesn't Help)

Try to reverse climate change with some home-made eats
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2008 4:35 PM CDT
Food makes up as much as a fifth of a person's carbon footprint, so growing your own can actually make a huge difference, Michael Pollan says.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Climate change seems too big for individuals to fix, but that’s partly because we're trapped in a cheap energy mindset, Michael Pollan writes in the New York Times. Low-cost energy has allowed us to rely on distant specialists for most of our needs, and we have a moral duty to fight that mindset: by gardening.

Gardening may not seem vital, but because food forms up to a fifth of your carbon footprint, growing even a little can mean a lot. It could also catch on and become a green viral fad, Pollan writes. But most of all, it’s empowering, a reminder that you're not helpless and "your body is still good for something.”