Back­yard gar­dens

Spencer Robin­son, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

A few days ago, I was com­pelled to buy another um­brella be­cause the other one ap­proached its ‘re­tire­ment age’. Af­ter buy­ing the um­brella, I had a brief chat with the en­tre­pre­neur, a se­nior cit­i­zen, con­cern­ing the weather con­di­tion in the ‘burn­ing West’ and the es­ca­lat­ing health prob­lems faced by the re­pro­duc­tive pop­u­la­tion re­lat­ing to non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble diseases (NCDs) and other ill­nesses like can­cer.

The shop­keeper em­pha­sised that we all need to go ‘or­ganic’ with our foods es­pe­cially with our lo­cal fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Dur­ing his time, as he re­called, peo­ple ate healthy or­ganic food from their back­yard gar­dens.

It is the op­po­site and more and more pes­ti­cides and fer­tilis­ers, which are ‘poi­son’ to the soil and in turn leave chem­i­cal residues on the lush colour­ful fruits and veg­eta­bles are be­ing sold in our lo­cal mar­kets. Thank you sir, for re­mind­ing us of the im­por­tance of grow­ing our own fruits and veg­eta­bles for a good and sus­tain­able cause.

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