Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

Micro Greens

Microgreens, micro greens, baby greens, etc., cover a broad range of popular herbs and vegetables that many people grow at home; usually hydroponically.

This post is about two of the most popular and widely recommended:

  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Wheat Grass

In short, I recommend that you grow your own broccoli sprouts – in soil, and buy a powdered wheat grass from Pines (or an equivalent source).

Our motivation for growing these greens is to get maximum amounts of clean nutrition, and that is what is behind my recommendation. Clean for us means clean for the environment too.

Broccoli sprouts should be grown in a natural soil, organically. Hydroponic gardens are not natural, not organic (but still great for people with space limitations).  Combine soil growing with composting and you have a very efficient and very healthy gardening cycle. After your initial soil purchase (assuming you don’t already have compost available), you’ll be net positive on soil. And you are not consuming any other items that would be required for hydroponics, so you have less impact on the planet. Your only recurring cost is the seeds.

Broccoli sprouts are one and done. Meaning that you grow them, pull out the entire plant and eat it all (You could leave the roots, but it is easy enough to shake them free). The soil is then dumped in your compost, where nutrients will be restored naturally.

Wheat Grass on the other hand, is not one and done. We continue to harvest the same plant, and thus managing the nutrition of the soil or water is a challenge.  And no matter how perfect and organic my efforts may be, it is highly unlikely that I can match the nutritional profile of an organic grower like Pines. I cannot reproduce their pristine natural conditions, and their powdered products are made without any chemical or mechanical processes that could damage or reduce nutrition. The powder is still completely natural, and the nutritional profile is superior to anything I could grow at home. Equally important, in this case, is that purchasing is actually more ecological than growing – as long as the product comes from a place like Pines.

I am not a fan of supplements – heavily processed, artificial nutrition (i.e. synthetic vitamins), that is often loaded with fillers and chemicals and sold as pills and powders. It is always better to get nutrition from natural food sources. And there are many great food items that look like supplements – meaning they are packaged in pills, powders, liquids, oils, etc. Pines Wheat Grass is one good example, and the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil at Green Pasture are others.

Seven Generations

Some ancient wisdom that we all really need to grasp…

“The Seventh Generation Principle is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future. This remarkably prescient philosophy is currently somewhat overused as a “green” marketing ploy to sell everything from dish soap to cars.”

Truly awesome summary that I took from here.

And to illustrate the sad truth of that last sentence, is the grotesque irony that a fossil fuel energy company would usurp the term ‘Seven Generations’ for its name. Even worse is that it is no accident, and they have a beautiful summary of the concept on their homepage:

“The term, “Seven Generations” is a human ecological concept that originated with the Great Law of the Iroquois. It compelled leaders to make decisions that would benefit their people seven generations (which by today’s standards is roughly 200 years) into the future. It is a sustainability concept that is just as appropriate today as it was half a millennium ago. In using this concept as our name we are undertaking to live up to the spirit intended by the Iroquois…”

The irony is mind boggling, as there is no fossil fuel that will last for another 200 years. And of course they will rape every corner of the earth to get as much as they can.

We can list the atrocities endlessly, but it is better to focus on the idea of Seven Generations. In all our actions, we should think about what it means for the generations beyond our own existence.