Big problems don’t always need to be solved with big solutions. In fact, often the smallest solutions work best.
Chlorella researcher, Dr. Leon DeSeblo knew this well . . .

Years past his 100 birthday, Dr. DeSeblo pursued his BIG vision tirelessly. And key to his big dream was the tiny green algae, chlorella.

He along with many other researchers hoped this simple alga, with its concentrated nutrition, 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 chlorella diet for 5 or 6 weeks at a time in order to test the feasibility of depending solely on this tiny green superfood for nourishment.

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. One California-based chlorella company 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.

And most importantly, Dr. DeSeblo’s work emphasized the wisdom of solving the most difficult problems with simple solutions – a lesson we can all put into practice.

Because 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.

You Get More Than Just Great Food When You Plant A Garden

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.

Join The Green Revolution And Plant A Garden

Excited about the idea of gardening but a little worried about putting this into action?

As I said earlier, the best solutions are small scale. Starting small is the best way to fight back against the tendency to get overwhelmed when you start something new – like gardening.

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

Start small.

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.

But don’t put gardening off because it seems like too big an enterprise.

People all around the world of all different ages and abilities have successfully grown food for their tables. There’s never been a better time to retake control of your food and contribute to building food security in the world by planting a garden.


[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

Author's Bio: 

About Dr. Michael E Rosenbaum, MD

Dr. Michael E. 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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