Why Grow or Buy Organic

Organic food is defined as food grown without chemicals using no artificial fertilizers, grown with seeds that are un-altered by engineering or chemicals, in soil that is at least 7 years free of any chemical growing methods. To be organic food cannot be irradiated, or altered from the natural in any way.

Why is this important? Because in today’s market and food growing industry so many harmful substances and growing practices have been entered into our food that the body can’t digest or which isn’t nutritious enough to sustain life without supplementation. The only way to avoid those things is by demanding and eating only organically grown food. Vegetables and fruits that have been grown as nature intended with care taken to ensure the soil they are grown in is high in plant-available minerals are very life-sustaining. They may have a bug bite in them but they aren’t sprayed with toxins either.

What is the alternative? Commercially grown food is an industrial activity with the philosophy that if the pear or apple shows up to the store looking good, free of blemishes and remains on the shelves for awhile without rotting, that it is commercially viable. It may taste like cardboard because it is lacking in sugar content or minerals that give it subtle flavors. It may last in the store bin for a month. But when it hits the digestion of the body it has few vital enzymes which are necessary for long life, fewer vitamins (which break down quickly after harvesting), and it simply doesn’t give the body what it needs.

Organic food may be a bit smaller, not pumped up with artificial fertilizers, but when it gets into the body it quickly fulfills the needs for energy, a healthy immune system, growth and repair of tissues – especially important for children – and strength and stamina we all need for a good productive day.

Why is it a bit more expensive? Care has been taken to ensure that the soil it’s grown in is loaded with natural and chemical-free nutrients. Sources for these things is getting harder and harder to find because industrial farming spreads chemicals with abandon. Chemicals are used in commercial farming because it is fast and easy. Organic growing requires a lot more hands-on care – weeding by hand rather than with herbicides, handling of pests by hand picking rather than pesticides, care in seed saving to ensure no genetically modified seeds are used, and many other time consuming practices that protect the end product from contamination. All commercial chemicals used in farming are harmful to people and animals, even in tiny quantities. Most of them interact and accumulate in the body causing immune suppressing conditions opening the body to disease. And they don’t give the body what it needs to fight off disease which organically produced food does.

The importance of trace minerals: When food is grown on soil that has had its microbe and beneficial insect and worm populations killed off with chemicals, the activity of these tiny friends is lost. What they do is transform the trace minerals in the soil to forms the roots can absorb – then they get into your food as vital minerals (vitamins). The cells operate in your body only because trace minerals are present. When they are missing the chemical and energy messages sent out to control their functions don’t get picked up because at the head of all the little molecules in the cells is a specific trace mineral which acts like an antenna, picking up those messages.

Macro-minerals such as iron are easier to get into food. It’s the tiny amounts of trace minerals that go lacking. So, your cells can get only some of their functions working, and the store of the trace minerals gets depleted with age. Likewise the enzymes that only come with fresh, alive, unaltered food go lacking and the cells simply can’t fight off disease or aging. This leads to shorter lives. Organically grown food extends life for these reasons.

We live in a very toxic world. Breathing exhaust fumes, drinking contaminated water, eating food filled with toxins etc. puts a big load on the body’s ability to detoxify. Eating food that is healthy actually allows the body to detoxify. The enzymes clean out the cells and systems. When the body isn’t so starved for nutrients, it can spend more of its resources keeping the systems maintained. Better elimination, better breathing, and more energy all result.

When animals are fed eating their natural diet of grasses or bugs and foraged material, they are likewise healthier, their bodies have a greater storage of trace minerals, and they aren’t full of accumulated toxins like animals raised industrially, fed genetically modified grain, in packed and unsanitary growing pens are.  The industrially raised animals are stressed and filled with antibiotics and artificial hormones to keep them alive long enough to be harvested. This lowers the quality of their bodies greatly as food, not to mention being inhumane. Chickens grown in such close quarters that they can’t move are likewise unhealthy and a large percentage of them die in those conditions – usually in containers or housing where the air quality is so full of ammonia that they often have lung infections, even when fed antibiotics regularly in their food.

When such animals are processed and eaten by people, the hormones and antibiotics are still in the animal flesh and go into your body. We now have strains of bacteria and viruses that have evolved from overuse of antibiotics which we have no cure for, simply because we are constantly unknowingly in-taking drugs in food.

The growth hormones fed livestock likewise are impacting people, especially children, and affecting ability to procreate, causing the feminization of our men children and lowering the birth rate. Organically grown animals fed on organic food in a natural and spacious environment, treated humanely, and not pumped up artificially with drugs are real food full of the vitamins, minerals, and untainted safe fats full of nutrients the body needs. They may be a bit smaller and a bit more expensive, but pound for pound their nutritional value is far superior without drawbacks and accumulated toxins. You don’t need to eat nearly the volume you would to feel satisfied eating industrially grown foods.

Is it more important to you that food looks nice or that is actually sustains your physical life and health? If you can stand a few blemishes in your fruit and vegetables now and then, but love the delicious difference in flavor of organically grown food, then pay a few extra pennies and get organic real food. Pay the bit more for pasture grown organic meat, maybe eat less of it, but really get the food value you need. Especially feed it to your infants and children so they grow up healthy and strong, with strong bones, immune systems, and can give you grand children.

Organically grown food is so important these days for the planet as well. The organic farmer and livestock grower isn’t pouring chemicals into the earth. The farmer who refuses to use Monsanto or other corporate seed and chemical methods is standing up for the health of the planet and people. The lies spread by these corporations that they get greater yield is just that – lies. Their yield is about 20% lower on average, their crop failures are often and devastating to the farmer, and their cost is bankrupting farmers all over India and other parts of the world. In India currently over 250,000 farmers have committed suicide because they have gone into contract with these corporations, have been unable to sustain themselves, gone into great debt, can’t save their own seeds and their profits go into the chemicals that kill the soil and give their themselves and their children cancers and other fatal diseases.

Support a healthy world. Don’t get fooled by the corporate pressure to use their systems of Round-Up and genetically modified organism – GMO – crops. It only helps the corporations, not the people, not the farmers, not the land. Stand up for sanity and a clean and healthy world – refuse to eat, buy or grow these crops using those chemicals. Boycott Monsanto, Cargill and other corporate industrial farming methods. Warn your friends and neighbors about these practices. Don’t sign any contracts. They promise great profits. It is a LIE.

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8 Responses to Why Grow or Buy Organic

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you Diann for this excellent article. I always learn much from you. It is hard to be on top of all that is going on these days!!! I’m so glad you are.

    Linda

    • didirks says:

      Thank you Linda for your comment. How nice of you to validate me and my work. I try very hard to give good information so people can become empowered and more causitive in their lives.

  2. Marie Gale says:

    Keep in mind that there’s an enormous cost involved with all the regulations and paperwork involved with being able to SAY a product is “organic”, so generally only larger producers can afford to go through the certification.

    I think there is another option for healthy food, which is a little more middle ground: locally produced foods. For example, we have a few head of beef. They get some non-organic veterinary care, are range (grass) fed most of the time, but supplemented with locally purchased hay (not organic, but not sprayed, either), and occasionally get supplemental non-organic grain. It’s not “organic” meat – but it’s still pretty darn good compared to what else is out there.

    There are local options for almost everyone, Small farms don’t have the money for either intensive, highly chemical production OR for organic certification – even if they farm on an organic or nearly-organic basis.

    • didirks says:

      Thank you, Marie, for your comment. I totally agree with you on this. When I say ‘organic’ what I mean to say is the technique of growing without chemicals, using organic principles like composting and natural fertilization, using organic not industrial agricultural practices, not meaning ‘certified organic’. I’m rather disenchanted with the certification process because it has been abused. I feel it is mainly a way for larger farming operations to set themselves apart and it is only feasible if you are large enough to make the high fees payable to the ag. depts cost effective. When locally grown produce or products are offered, I would say I would ask if these products are organically produced. When you have a relationship with a local farm, you can ask these questions. If you are dealing with an even smaller operation like Hillside Gardens, it is probably going to be a superior product even than certified organic because more care is taken with the soil and more time can be given to heightened mineral content and other things like Korean Natural Farming techniques which give the soil more deep nutrition than even normal organic practices.

    • Rachel Franco says:

      Small farms also don’t have the budget for advertising and a lot of farmer’s markets have limited hours / seasons of operation. If you’re new to it but want to learn to eat local, how do you learn about your local eating options?

      • didirks says:

        Good question Rachel. I’ve been working on this project for 5 years because being able to purchase locally grown food is vital if we are to withstand any major problems if they arise – like a truckers strike or other cutting off of national distribution of food. That requires that there IS locally grown food. Up until about 4 years ago, there was almost no accessible locally grown food in Georgia. Small farms have been dying out and there were few farmers markets out there. The land has been played out by chemical farming and erosion, and very few farmers who still are in operation have been only cutting hay on their land, or running a few cattle or pigs, or some goats, or have put up the big factory animal growing methods, but very little truck farming or direct food has been being grown because it wasn’t viable without a controllable market. You have to understand that growing vegetables and fruit is almost not worth doing when selling wholesale without a huge operation. That requires the use of labor brought in – usually outside crews – and chemicals. To be able to grow sustainably and organically, or at least without chemicals, the farmer just doesn’t make enough money to stay in business. It has been a trend though, lately, and with the work of a lot of people around the area, we now are seeing farmers markets popping up and CSAs (Community Sponsored Agriculture – subscription farming), and with retail sales available to the individual farmer through this type of venue, that is making it possible for farmers to be viable without the need for corporate connections and large scale distribution. This is really a wonderful trend. I’ll get back to you on this because I can’t speak for the broader area, though I was the founder of several farmers markets and community gardens in this immediate area over the past several years. This question needs to be answered more broadly than NE Georgia. So, I need to find out a broader answer for you because I consider this such a key thing that may impact the lives of the whole of the country, that a glib answer isn’t called for. You need a deeper treatment so no matter where you live, you can follow some sage advice and find your local growers. Of course, the best way to go is to grow your own food. That’s a big part of why I am doing this blog.

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