When we started, in the late 70’s, it was mostly the idea of removing chemicals from food—and it felt right. Today it’s basically the same, but now there is much more support, proof and validity to organic methods and the evident necessity.
Organic Food is proven healthy, environmentally balanced and safe. Let’s break it down… Think about the human body; we need to be mindful of basic nutrient levels and maintain a healthy balance of body, mind, and soul to optimize our physical and mental functions. Organic soil, in a macro sense, is the body, mind and soul of food and sustenance. Organic soil, if nurtured and maintained properly, creates a sustainable balance of nutrients and minerals, AND the optimal exchange of those rich elements from the soil to the plants, and subsequently to our bodies.
Properly maintained organic soil will produce more vibrant plant cells, that hold more life force and nutrition and protect the plant from pests and disease. A farmer can focus on plant health and vigor, rather than the negative cycle of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. A fully functioning organic system, essentially protects food and environment from diseases, eliminating the “focus on symptoms” methodology of chemicals and genetic modifications.
So let’s look at the pocketbook. Bang for the buck?! Yeah baby! We do eat for enjoyment, but more and more we realize everything we consume has a positive or negative effect. Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements. So, maximizing the useful vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids in our foods is a no-brainer.
There also is a mindfulness with organic production systems. They are safer, which we will talk about, but the handling and delivery of organic foods to the customer will generally present the “just picked” farm to table experience better. Chemical preservatives and gasses cannot be used. Every step of the supply chain must be addressed and maximized.
Organic food is a joy to produce and the farms and people are wonderful. It’s positive. But for a moment, we have to dive briefly into the safety issues. A general and only partial list of considerations would be – pesticides, hormonal additions, GMO’s, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, nuclear irradiation, sewer sludge and less than mindful animal production.
Pesticides and herbicides are neurological chemicals. They are focused on plant and insect nervous system disruption. So how does that affect humans with millions of gallons used over many years? Just eliminating this negative exposure had been linked to the reduction of some cancers, infertility, bodily ailments, allergies, skin problems, to name a few.
Organic foods are produced without the use of genetic engineering or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What does that mean to you? Luther Burbank, a major pioneer in modern agricultural science developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over a 50 plus year career. Burbank varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and grains, stand today as a wonder of the world. In a way he was genetically modifying plants. But the methods were mindful, intuitive, natural and took the time needed to prove the safety and sustainability of the advancements he sought. He absolutely fit into the organic balance and mindset.
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