Homegrown Tomatoes

By MAP Environmental Inc. | July 31, 2020

It’s been a tough few months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is concerned about things in the future- jobs, schools, economy…and with good reason. Our news feeds have been filled negative results of the virus, but there have also been some good things reported. America has proven we are resilient and adaptable, and so has the environment.

Did you know the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation documented an increase in the number of surviving sea turtles in Ft. Meyers, Florida? Since people were following the government guidelines regarding maintaining social distancing, there were less people on the beaches, and the sea turtles’ nests had a better chance of not being destroyed. Asa result, there was an increase in turtle hatchlings making it to the water this year. It seems logical the same thing occurred in other beaches in the United Sates, for an even larger increase in sea turtle survival, thus providing an unexpected- but positive- environmental result due to COVID-19.

We have been hearing that noise pollution and air pollution have been reduced globally during the pandemic. The Journal Science publication implies that the decrease in vehicular and airline traffic have resulted in lowering seismic noise, which affects the Earth’s ground movements. The article refers to needing to monitor this situation to “differentiate between natural and human-caused noise” to continue to protect the Earth. Another potential positive for Mother Earth!

Locally in Virginia Beach, friends, neighbors and family members have planted vegetable gardens during the pandemic. With many people spending more time at home, more hours have been dedicated to digging, planting, weeding, and watering their gardens. The result has been delicious tomatoes and cucumbers on their kitchen tables. The added bonus is the entire family, including young children, help with the garden and share a wonderful way to be outside together. These home gardens also contribute to lessening the possibility of vegetable shortages in our local grocery stores.

Yes, COVID-19 has produced added stress, and it is a serious experience for all of us. However, sometimes slicing, smelling, and eating that homegrown tomato can brighten your day, give you a feeling of accomplishment, and the hope of better things ahead.