Gardening: A Simple Way To Join In A BIG Vision
By: Dr. Michael Rosenbaum
1 November, 2010 by
Gardening: A Simple Way To Join In A BIG Vision
Sun Chlorella USA

Chlorella researcher, Dr. Leon DeSeblo had a big vision. Years past his 100 birthday, Dr. DeSeblo pursued this vision tirelessly with his research. And key to his big dream was the tiny green algae, chlorella.

He - and many other researchers - hoped that this green superfood could easily solve the problem of world hunger. One scientist projected that a thousand-acre chlorella plot could produce an unbelievable 10,000 tons of protein in a year. [1] Dr. DeSeblo often ate a strict diet of chlorella for 5 or 6 weeks at a time in order to test the feasibility of depending solely on this tiny powerpack for food.

Despite its promise, chlorella didn't work out as the answer to world hunger. As chlorella cultivators well know, it's not as simple as originally thought to grow and process high quality, contaminant-free chlorella. Growing low cost, clean, optimally nutritious chlorella on a small scale is still a challenge.

Nonetheless, Dr. DeSeblo's vision lives on - albeit in new forms. Sun Chlorella USA is working with the homeless shelter, Midnight Mission, in Los Angeles to introduce chlorella as a simple answer to the problem of poor nutrition and hunger in this country.

Furthermore Dr. DeSeblo's focus on this tiny organism underscored an important point when it comes to solving big problems like world hunger. The real answers may be found not in the big, complicated solutions. But in the littlest ones.

Whether it's through cultivating chlorella or some other green food, we can all contribute towards building the world's food security. How? By planting a garden.

It doesn't matter if it's just a window box of herbs, a tiny plot behind your house, a bed in a community garden or a ten acre farm. Each of us can grow a little something to eat. And by doing so, we can each help to build a more diverse and sustainable food supply chain.

Planting A Garden Gives You More Than Just Great Food

I have to admit, I'm a little spoiled. Living in northern California - just a couple hours from some of the best farming country in the world - it's easy for me to get fresh fruits and vegetables year round.

But even food picked just this morning and trucked to my local farmer's market is nothing like the nutrition you can get from eating food right out of your garden. With few exceptions, the sooner you eat food after it's picked, the higher it is in nutrition.

One study out of the University of California found that after just a week, vegetables can lose as much as 15-77% of their vitamin C. [2]

Not to mention fresher food simply tastes better!

Better yet, when you plant a garden, you can control how the food is grown. You can make sure it's non-GMO and organic. And you can choose seeds for varieties that are bred to have a higher concentration of certain vitamins and antioxidants - like beta-carotene-rich carrots.

Finally, growing your own food isn't just about the food that ends up on your plate. It contributes to your quality of life in much larger ways . . .
- When you garden, you get outside where you can breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine on your back.
- With more of us locked onto our smartphones and losing track of reality, gardening helps ground us again, literally. You can't help but build your powers of observation when you work with plants and are busy digging in the dirt
- It's a great family activity. Or a project to launch into with friends and neighbors.
- Best of all, gardening is a good way to stay active. Depending on what you're doing, gardening burns an average of 280 calories an hour. Digging, crouching, bending and pushing a wheelbarrow keeps you strong and limber.

Ready To Join The Green Revolution And Plant A Garden?

It's one thing to talk about the joys of gardening. It's another thing to face off with a plot of ground and wrangle some food from it. But don't let your doubts overwhelm you. If you're nervous about taking on a garden, remember people of all ages around the world have gardened successfully.

Don't let your gardening ambitions get beaten down by wilted lettuce or weeds. Instead apply this BIG tip:

Start small.

As I said earlier, the best solutions are small scale. Start with a small plot and a few easy plants you'll know you'll love like lettuce, peas and carrots.

Over the years, you can build on your success and expand your plot as you get more comfortable.

Don't put it off because it seems like too big an enterprise. There's never been a better time to retake control of your food and contribute to building food security in the world.

Ready to keep Dr. DeSeblo's vision alive and help bring green back to every household? Go plant a garden.

About Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum, MD 
Dr. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative healthcare and medical acupuncture. As one of America's most respected experts in natural health and healing, Dr. Rosenbaum has been a frequent lecturer to professional medical groups and has participated in numerous television and radio talk shows. He is also an esteemed member of the Sun Chlorella Advisory Board, which helps guide the medical innovation behind Sun Chlorella products.

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[1] Belasco, Warren (July 1997). ""Algae Burgers for a Hungry World? The Rise and Fall of Chlorella Cuisine"". Technology and Culture 38 (3): 608-34.
[2] Barrett, DM. Maximizing the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables. UC Davis website. 2007. Viewed 3/10/14 at 

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