Looking for healthy alternatives
Faced with the reality that companies such as Monsanto (now associated with Bayer) continue to contaminate fields with transgenics, the option of growing what you are going to eat yourself is becoming more and more attractive and they are the impulse to return to Nature.
An increasing number of countries prohibit GMO crops (genetically modified organisms) but Uruguay still allows them, so viable alternatives must be sought to avoid products such as the Round Up herbicide closely associated with transgenics, whose main asset glyphosate has been listed by the WHO as a carcinogen.
The new urban gardens
One of the measures that Uruguayans have implemented to improve their diet and avoid chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in their dishes, consists of installing two separate gardens in different cities, so that families who wish to do so can grow their own food. .
The initiative arose in the department of Florida where several orchards have been installed as part of the "Organic Vegetable Program" project; In them, more than 800 families have the opportunity to access a plot that allows them to obtain different vegetables for their own consumption.
The local government hopes to spread the initiative throughout the region, with the idea of having the participation of about 67,000 people. But the important thing is that this trend is also gaining ground in other departments and has already reached the country's capital, Montevideo.
To have orchards in the houses again
What at first emerged almost as a fad, today is a reality and many companies offer the service of "garden at home", that is to say that instead of simply taking care of a garden or a patio or land from the point of view landscaped, urban gardens are created that allow their owners to obtain fresh and ecological products in their own homes.
Home gardens have several functions, not only do they provide a family with safe and toxic-free food (no one really knows what they buy in a supermarket), but they are a good way to teach children and re-educate the elderly.
The idea is that everyone learn to take care of the environment and of themselves, giving their body healthy and nutritious food. Composting is also often associated with orchards, which allows recycling of organic food with which to naturally fertilize crops and generate less waste.