Kimbal Musk, who sits on the boards at Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle, is the founder of Big Green, a nonprofit that is all about helping promote healthy eating and bringing good, clean food to schools. They do this through Learning Gardens. His mother, Maye Musk, is a registered dietitian who promotes healthy eating over fad diets, which I think is beautiful.
Many people diet to lose weight and feel accomplished, but if you suddenly start dieting and eating the wrong things, this could hurt you.
One thing many people here in America take for granted is food. Sure, we have a lot of people who can barely afford to put food on the table, but it is plentiful here. One can always go to the food bank and get something. However, people do not realize that food is literally our medicine. We literally become what we eat. Which is why Plant A Seed Day is so important.
What Is Plant A Seed Day?
Plant A Seed Day is March 20th, 2019. It was started by Kimbal to promote eating healthy. You start with the seed you plant and as the plant grows, you become more aware of what you do eat. It is a visual reminder of how you can impact your own eating habits.
You may have heard about Plant A Seed Day when Kimbal trolled the Fox News host who wanted info on Tesla’s new chair. In reply, the news host said, “You think my viewers want to learn about plant a seed day? Do you really? They don’t care, Kimbal. They don’t care!” I love how Kimbal stayed true to his goal and didn’t let the host get him down.
Hearing a news host say that he does not care about doing something healthy and empowering is really devastating. Type 2 Diabetes is rampant in America and so is obesity. Junk food is thrown at us from the aisles to TV. It’s cheaper to grab a candy bar than it is to buy ingredients to make a salad. A bottle of water is more expensive than a soda at most restaurants.
This is why Plant A Seed Day is so important. It is a subtle, yet powerful reminder that you have the power to change your eating habits. Not all of them at once, but just one. And you can start by planting a seed. It can be any plant or grain.
The Most Important Seed Being Planted Is Hope.
It can seem overwhelming how the industries seem to seek to fill us up with junk food and make it harder to eat better. With the price of food going up in many states (I saw crawfish being sold for $8.50 a pound here. That’s insane!), people get stressed and depressed. No one thinks about growing their own food. They don’t have time, they work for very demanding jobs that require them to sacrifice their time and health just to have money to live.
However, if one million people planted just one seed, we would be making an impact. This is where the hope is. Hope for a better future. Hope for better eating habits and better food. Hope that you, dear person reading this, can do something positive that will impact others.
You can do this.
“I don’t have a yard” this is the most common reason among urban dwellers as to why they can’t plant anything. You can go to Home Depot and buy dirt, a pot and some seeds. You can have potted plants. Find something that is easy for you to grow. Even if it’s not food–plants provide clean oxygen and will help (in a small way) to offset the amount of carbon in your home.
I will be planting cayenne. My neighbor has several potted plants and gave me a bottle of homemade hot sauce. This year, I want to make my own. Many people have pledged to plant a seed with Kimbal, and so has Growing Roots, which has pledged to donate $1 to Big Green for every social media post using the hashtag #plantaseedday. So every share, every tag will help Kimbal in his mission to empower the next generation through Learning Gardens.
As Growing Roots, puts it, “This is a fight to capture the hearts, minds, and appetites of kids across the country one day and one seed at a time.” And I will add on to this–it is also a fight to inspire all of us that we can make a difference in our own lives by simply planting that seed.
If you decide to participate in Plant A Seed Day, be sure to pledge. It’s free and easy to do. Click here to pledge your part in Plant A Seed Day and let us grow the movement together. I am proud to say that when I pledged, I put Baton Rouge on this map.
About The Author
Johnna Crider is one of the Tesla Social writers. She is inspired by Elon Musk and Tesla as well as the many people in the Tesla community who are positive and care about the world we live in. Johnna is also a jewelry designer who gifted Elon one of her designs and you can learn more about her art here.
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