Organic food items are showing up all over and gaining a lot of attention. Large supermarkets such as Whole Foods and many other chains are growing in popularity and the public is extending their purchasing power to more healthy choices.
What is organic? Organic farming has to follow very strict guidelines and a provision period of 3 years to carry the Certified Organic label – not an easy process, but one the farmer knows is right to control food safety and to deliver nature’s intention free of pesticides, fertilizers and a list of other unnatural treatment protocols. Real whole foods that your body recognizes have digestible energy to carry life to your cells. You are a live cell being and you need live cells, not chemicals and dead nonliving processed, denatured, so-called food items.
Why is organic so special? It’s in the soil! Nature’s ecology, the earth worm, the dense nutrients, the vein like roots of the plant suck life to feed its growth. Without the use of chemicals on the plant, it’s able to function and develop. When bugs land on the plant it releases a chemical of its own to defend itself against the invaders. This by-product is available to you and I when we eat the plant source as an anti-oxidant, the very thing that battles free radicals (cellular degeneration/rapid aging), not to mention the taste, the smell, the presentation of the food and above all the quality – more nutrient/mineral dense than its counterpart minus the toxins. The way things are meant to be, not by alteration or genetic modification. Organic animals live and grow in thriving cruelty-free environments where they are fed their normal, healthy dietary requirements. Not a mix of fatten quick toxic feed and various injections to hasten them to the slaughter house, which in turn shows up in the by products we buy and eat.
Shortly after World War II there was a movement towards mechanization and homogenation of farming. Larger and increasingly more automated farms popped up across the landscapes of the United States. These factory farms put the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and mass-rearing techniques developed in the 1920’s into widespread use. Over time the food supply has had its soil drastically become less and less nutrient dense due to over-farming and the use of synthetic chemicals to hasten growth at all costs and compromise the health of a nation. Amidst this agricultural revolution, several astute pioneers of the organic movement emerged, heralding the dangers of ecological insensitivity and calling for a return to the responsible farming methods of our past.
One such person was Weston A. Price, a dentist by trade who traveled the globe studying cultures and tribes. Dr. Price’s findings were documented studies in his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. As a dentist he realized that the mouth, teeth and gums are a direct reflection of the health of the internal system of the body. By taking riveting photographic images to reveal isolated tribal men, women and children and the results that take place when they eat what is considered to be the modern diet of processed and refined foods that have no place in there genetic ancestry. When he cross-examined geographic areas throughout the world he documented the available food supply with other factors such as how distant they were from the equator influencing seasonal crop growth and available protein sources. By simply stating a vegetarian diet suits all or the Mediterranean diet is what most should eat is extremely misleading as Price revealed. Today food supply is growing in its contamination with no regulated commercial farming that is dominating the market place. We are all faced with poisonous confrontation of one or the other. It’s really up to how we choose to limit and reduce our exposure to chemical components and, in turn, how it affects our aging and well-being.
If you consider your food quality and safety a concern, conventional farming offers extremely little and pales in comparison to organic farming. When you get a visual tour of these two types of farms it becomes a real eye-opening experience. A few large organic farms exist, but for the most part comparing the organic farm to the conventional farm would be like comparing a lemonade stand to multiple, extremely large warehouses.
Organic farms are much cleaner and control their inventory with compassion and care and every organic farmer I have talked to has been eager to share his land and passion with me. I guess what it really comes down to is do you shun the small family organic farmer and their strict standards; and therefore support radically high prices that are preserving nature’s balance in an ever-growing population and aligning food supply or support the conventional machine with its controlling power that practice little if any ethical standards toward the soil, animals and the health of your body with utilizing foreign chemicals that increase volume and prolong the life of food at a reduced cost to you. As a nation our health is in rapid decline and processed food sales is at a high – conventional farming pockets are getting deeper. Is what we really need to spray pesticides on crops, not exercise crop rotation, and cram animals in cages and pump them full of hormone cocktails (RBGH, RBST)?
To make a point, in my years of experience having my own health compromised and seeking alternative ways to sustain a functional life and working with thousands of clients with health challenges that were getting absolutely no results following typical nutritional guidelines and eating mass produced conventionally farmed foods. Most consumers would agree the 15% cost increase is minimal when compared to the downward spiral of health issues that lie ahead. However, these disconnected propaganda screaming consumers upon failing allopathic approach healthcare start looking for the magic pill or one-shot fix all medication that was advertised on TV last night – you know the same one his neighbor is taking that has lost the meaning of the term lifestyle and creating a nation of zombies.
If you look at our health as a nation with obesity, diabetes and a long list of terrible health problems and then look at how much organic produce and hormone-free meats are ending up in shopping carts (less than 5% of the total food sales) that means that a whole lot of commercially-farmed, conventionally processed food are being consumed. To top it off, a shopping cart leaving the market place on average contains 8 items with the first one being soda! If you stop and think for a moment, by choosing to pollute your body with a long list of chemicals, preservatives and other genetically modified creations, what are you saying about your life and your children’s? Doesn’t your genetic structure, your life’s experience and your legacy mean something? Population, growth and corporate farming along with global warming are creating a large impact on the environment and your health regardless of who you are. The quality, quantity and frequency of the safest most beneficial nutrition that you have chosen to supply your body functions with will determine your quality of life. By simply consuming convenience foods and non-organics with no nutrition we are telling the environment and our bodies we would rather not bother and we will suffer while the corporate giants expand and increase profits and destroy our beautiful planet.
LET’S COMPARE: THE ORGANIC FARMER TO THE CONVENTIONAL FARMER
A lifeline to a healthier future for you and your family
Small farms often run by families who love what they do. Producing nurtured food product in a long way for a valued profit.
Crop rotation consideration for the living organisms of the soil, respecting the life of the ground and what it means to protect our wildlife habitats for our health. Working with, not against.
The corporate machine pumping out a sea of what is attempting to be food by disconnected farm workers with volume in their sights. For a profit at all cost.