Evolution of the Grocery Store
The modern day grocery stores, as we know them, have only really been around for the last seventy years or so. Before that, people ate what they grew or bartered for. Chain supermarkets exploded around the 1920s but at that time were small counter service stores. They were operated by two or three employees and most often had no meat or produce departments. Grocery shopping required at least a stop by the supermarket and a second stop at the butcher. By the 1940s the supermarkets had evolved into something that more closely resembles what we know today, complete with a meat and produce department.
Since the development of the modern day supermarket, there has also been a significant population explosion and an ever increasing demand for protein. Additionally, the demand for money and profits by the people at the top of the food chain has forced the hand of agriculture. Now there are things in our food that we can’t pronounce and probably shouldn’t eat, to say the least. These synthetic additions to our “food” are necessary to make it last longer on the grocery store shelves and increase the profits of the right wing bureaucrats at the top of the food chain. Fish are farmed and fed hormones to make them grow faster. Cows are fed corn instead of grass, and they have come up with very creative ways to stretch the almighty dollar.
A Safe Effective Alternative
So, what is a safe, effective alternative to get some natural back into your food? Some natural protein, natural greenery, and all that stuff we now have to pay extra for at the store is what I’m talking about. Well there are a couple of alternatives and the good news is that you don’t have to live way out in the country to do it. You don’t even have to live next door to an empty lot in the city like on “The Magic School Bus.” One realistic, innovative, and effective solution is an apartment balcony garden.
Apartment balcony gardens are not necessary huge elaborate set ups. They are made to be effective and efficient. They can be as pretty or as rustic as you want them to be. Most successful apartment balcony gardens utilize and aquaponics design. Aquawhat? Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture (water life) where the fish you raise in a medium to large size tank, supply the nutrients for the related plants, which in turn, purify the water. I know it sounds elaborate but it really isn’t, unless you want it to be.
Why it’s Better
This is the perfect system for an apartment balcony garden because it gives someone the chance to raise at least a portion of their food, even without a yard or any landscaping at all. Since the system can be as elaborate or as small as you want, it usually works with most any sized balcony. Most balconies have plenty of air and sunlight which are the main two necessities from the environment to allow this system to thrive.
There are many great benefits to having an apartment balcony garden, especially if its aquaponics. One awesome benefit is that everything grown there has been done so without the use of chemicals, so it’s better for you. There are no pesticides, no carcinogens, and no preservatives. This means the food is actually healthier for you to eat. It will also taste better and it is fresher. Another great benefit is that it will save you some money. Knowing that dinner is right out on the balcony means you’ll be stopping by the store a lot less often.
If you have been looking for a healthy alternative to consider, think about aquaponics in your apartment balcony garden. It is a healthier choice for you and the environment. On top of that, it will help line your pockets which are the important ones. Do a little of your own research and I’m sure you’ll agree. An apartment balcony garden is the way to go. Living in an apartment is not a setback, it’s just an avenue.