‘Organic’ is an invention of the 21st century and simply refers to doing things the ‘old fashioned’ way using natural methods to grow and harvest food. But even though traditional farming methods are dying out within the wider commercial farming world, many of the smaller organic farmers still regard these methods as sacred.
Here are 10 reasons as to why organic food should be in your life right now!
1. Toxins & Nutrients
I have not yet met anyone who said: “it’s ok for toxins to accumulate in my body” yet many people make a conscious choice to buy cheap fruit and vegetables knowing that they contain toxins. What can be the reason for this? It could be to do with the fact that in this day and age, with the ever increasing amount of drugs on the market to make us ‘better’, we subconsciously stop prioritising our health and believe that it need not be addressed until it is absolutely necessary to do so.
A recent Swedish study tested the urine of a family eating commercial toxic fruit and vegetables before they went on an organic diet and again after they had been eating organic for three weeks. The results were staggering. Nearly all the toxins present in the urine when on a normal diet were absent on an organic diet but it remains to be asked:
- How many of these chemicals stay in our body cavities and fail to be naturally expelled?
- What exactly is the effect of these toxins on our bodies?
- And what is the short term and long-term effect of the wear and tear on the body having to do all this filtering?
The answer to these questions is… we don’t know, but what we do know is that since our farming methods have changed to incorporate endless rounds of fertiliser and pesticides, cancer rates are up and continue to rise.
2. Scientific Evidence (or lack of)
Modern and commercial medicine is simply a form of ‘disease care’, because we are forced to wait until we are ‘ill enough’ to be treated instead of trying to live a healthy, toxin free life to begin with which could have stopped an illness before it started. This is a pretty dire situation and no expense is spared on this reactive, as opposed to proactive health care.
Modern day medicine is the only industry which completely neglects the qualitative holistic research approach and instead bases itself on a quantitative research approach. So our bodies are exposed to a cocktail of toxins through our food yet there is no research on the long-term effects of such a diet and lifestyle. Studies featuring valid scientific evidence on the dangers of these toxins simply don’t exist – at least not openly!
Yet in the meantime we have evidence that not only cancer, but also childhood diseases, with their foundations in 21st century diets, are on the increase:
3. Follow the money
Mankind is so sophisticated that we can fly to the moon and back, but understanding the components which create a healthy body seem to evade us. Or do scientists in the health world simply omit to look at this necessary element of care as they instead follow the flow of money?
In a capitalist society, resources and attention go to where there is money to be made, so disease prevention and health maintenance is not very high on the list.
Food companies on the other hand, sell products which create addictions and illness via the heavy use of sweeteners, sugars, flavourings, E numbers and MSG, because this is fuelling demand on the pharmaceutical companies who are looking to provide ‘solutions’ for certain manmade ‘disease populations’, which will inturn continue to provide a high paying customer base for future medication. In other words, the food and pharmacy companies go hand in hand all the way to the bank.
They are so close knit in fact that agrochemical companies make pesticides, fungicides and herbicides for the food producers whilst also owning the pharmaceutical company which will make the fortification ingredients which are lost in the growing process due to all these chemical which they themselves have provided!
That leaves you and me in a predicament and in the hands of a system whose focus is on their money and not on your health. You can only change this if you put your money in the hand of local organic farmers and by overcoming food addictions to packaged food, non organic food and junk food.
3. Genetic Modification
In Europe genetically modified food needs to be labelled (EU Regulation 1829/2003), and whilst I have seen genetically modified oils being sold by food distributors such as JJ foods (correctly labelled) I have never seen a restaurant or a food manufacturer EVER state their use of these GM oils. So who do JJ Foods sell their genetically modified oil to? Well since it is the cheapest oil available, it would most likely be going into cheap fast food outlets and food manufacturers, but actually, any restaurant could be cutting costs by using this ‘hidden’ GM option despite there being a £20,000 fine if caught failing to label their products openly. http://www.veggies.org.uk/2013/05/gm-oil-in-nottingham-restaurants
Beyond the restaurants hidden GM ingredients, it has now been deemed legal to feed animals, (both your pets and the animal meat we ingest), with GM feed. So no labelling is required on your pet dog’s tin of food, despite this GM ingredient having been proven to have caused cancer in laboratory rats. This could go on to affect your health too if the farmed animals are eating GM feed because tthe milk you drink, the eggs you eat and the meat you consume could all be contaminated with GM ingredients – in other words, cells that are in the process of developing cancer. Shockingly, this means that we are effectively ingesting cells which are in the cancer process on a regualr basis and simply hoping that it won’t cause cancer in our body. For this same reason, cancer is also on the rise in our beloved family animals too.
4. Farm the land, not the food
So how do we ensure a toxin free environment where everybody can be healthy without us all having a degree in nutrition, toxicity and immunity? Even with the term ‘organic’ written on packages one must still be careful. ‘Organic’ refers to the integrity of the soil and years of intensive, chemical filled farming can spoil the eco-balance of the soil for generations to come, but yet after just one fallow season (under present rules) the soil is able to qualify for organic use. Worse still, agricultural companies are developing more and more sophisticated chemicals which are harder to detect and can slip into our so called organic food chain! Of course, the more land returning to organic farming the better, for both our short term health and our longterm survival, but it’s wise to be aware that large scale organic products may not be quite as fresh and chemical free as you would be led to believe.
5. Trillions of food wasted at borders
Although there are vigorous border checks for imported goods, some can slip the net and trillions of units of foreign food is therefore wasted at the border checks for reasons such as detectable, illegal substances being used in the production of it. Buying local, organic food is best both for the integrity and quality of the product, but also as it reduces the demand for ‘foreign’ non-organic foods. A lower demand for it will help to reduce wastage and also feed the world more fairly because ironically it is often the countries whose population are in dire need of food which export into the richer foreign market such as the UK.
If you do buy foods from abroad, make sure that you buy organic food and this will mean that the farmer and importers have done everything they can to make sure that the product has safe passage at the border checks and will also help stop this huge amount of damaging food wastage.
6. What is local food?
The foot-print for transporting organic food is far smaller than the foot print of producing, transporting and border wasting of non-organic food. The official definition for ‘local food’ is a radius of 50 miles. The reason for this is that cities generally do not produce food but the allotments in the city are still considered near enough to meet the organic demand.
Any type of transport causes a foot-print including the petrol/diesel for the lorries and planes, but also the cost to the environment of the creation of new transprotation built from toxic materials such as plastic and rubber, all of which needs to be discarded at the end of its life. So whilst only a 50 mile radius is set as a guideline for sourcing ‘local’ food this does not necessary mean a smaller footprint! For example, being in the south of England, this could include France and mainland Europe meaning there is still a massive environmental footprint left for your so-called ‘local’ food choice. So when buying ‘local’, make sure it really is!
7. Paying for organic vs. non-organic
Non-organic food grows faster due to chemical fertiliser and the specifications needed such as grain shortening agents and it also results in less wastage due to pesticides stopping the insects damaging the produce. With less work, less risk for the food being attacked by nature and its’ ability to last longer on the shelf due to chemical preservatives, it satisfies the commercial production side of the market. Yet none of these ‘benefits’ to the food and pharmaceutical companies can produce healthier crops which would enable you to remain healthy and reduce your chances of developing diseases including cancer.
Yes it provides you with a cheap product but it is mainly there to offer a big profit for the producers. Food producers are no longer your local friendly farmers, but the faceless extortionately rich corporations who own large machinery and a lot of chemicals to enable them to cope with the production volume. But pesticides and growth agents aren’t just for the big producers! The medium sized farmers are also looking to compete and make a living and as such will choose to use chemicals on their food too so buying organic fruit and vegetables is the only way to keep you healthier for longer simply because you are avoiding a massive exposure to toxins.
Yet a toxin free life concerns exposure to toxins both inside and outside the body. Here are a few ways the external exposure can take place:
1) Demand for organic is increasing, yet the price level for non–organic produce is so low that it is still very tempting. Unfortunately the more pesticides are used within the farmed soil, the more it becomes polluted and when it rains, these pesticides get washed into the rivers which get polluted, which then pollute the rain and the eco systems, ultimately causing environmental damage.
2) Proof of these major eco changes is already apparent with the decrease in the bee population. These important insects are necessary for plants to grow but due to the food producers heavy over use of pesticides in an attempt to maximise their financial return, there has been no regard for these crucial little insects. All foods need to be grown and bees are necessary for all of them!
3) Buying fruit and vegetables used to happen in a freshly-picked, market style environment yet today, fresh food is individually wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic portions meaning that once the food is eaten, the plastic is thrown in the bin and put deep into the earth thus further destroying its internal integrity.
4) Often, fruit and vegetables are priced by the unit and not by the weight price meaning that supermarkets want smaller fruit and vegetables so that the prices look lower. When three courgettes are weighing 300 grams together or one courgette weighs 300grams alone, the consumer will think “I get 3 for the price of one”. This is resulting in the use of growth-inhibiting chemicals which produce smaller fruits, and in turn the supermarket puts this pressure to use even more chemicals upon the farmer/producer or else risk losing their contract. This is just one more way we are being forced to ingest toxins. To get round this, one thing you can do as a consumer is to go by the kg price of organic fruit and vegetables and understand that ‘normal’ fruit and veg comes in different sizes. Sometimes you get 10 tomatoes in a kg and sometimes you get 5 tomatoes in a kg so stay wary.
5) Non-organic food requires the use of chemicals in the environment. All chemicals added to the environment or our bodies need to be dealt with by the natural healing powers of either our bodies or the earth yet this natural healing power of living organisms depends on the amount of health still left within it. With this in mind, it could actually be that at some point, we will arrive at a tipping point where our body’s immunity or our earths’ natural healing abllity is not longer sufficient enough to turn things around for us. There are numerous studies that cancer thrives in an acidic environment and toxins cause this acidic environment inside and outside of our bodies and trials have shown that there are several types of toxins which we are exposing our planet to that are to blame for the acidification and heating up of the planet.
8. Food we need and don’t need
If all our animal instincts were still intact, we would be choosing food like animals living in the wild; in other words only the natural and organically grown food would qualify. But our instincts have been tampered with since childhood and so now we are eating tasteless fruit and vegetables, processed cheese and degenerated wheat. These are not the foods we should be eating. Children are a very important category for food advertisers because the ‘taste of childhood’ will stay with each of us for the rest of our lives. This will help to ensure life-long customers for the products being sold therefore, the advice is not to expose your children to packaged food and junk food, many of which develop life-long sugar addictions and a constant struggle to make the right choices as adults.
To make your family healthy, you need to start with yourself right now. It is possible to eat an entirely clean and home-cooked diet but it is very hard to go “cold turkey” and change your entire lifestyle over night. Keep on trying, cutting out one convenience type food a week or one sugary treat a day and find the best ways for you and your family to navigate through the “oh-so-easy junk and package food” ‘temptations’.
9. Animal welfare
Animal welfare is a very big topic for so many – yet for food production companies the concept does not seem to exist. Animals are living beings and have the right to live freely on this planet in their dedicated habitat, but humans have enslaved them and made them into their property. They are abused horrendously in animal concentration style camps where commercial ‘farmers’ steal their body fluids, steal their babies and eventually kill them and sell their flesh for money. We wouldn’t do this to a fellow living human being, yet with animals, we have been brain washed into believing that it is for our benefit and is therefore acceptable.
There is no kind way of killing animals for meat; all killings are violent, but there is a way of giving the animals the best life possible.
10. Radiation and process restrictions
The FDA has approved food irradiation as safe but what they have not taken into consideration is that many foods lose their healing ability and fundamental health giving properties when irradiated.
Conversely, the Soil Association, which is the regulatory body that all organic producers have to be certified by, has prohibited the use of irradiation for human food and animal feed stating that “[farmers] must not use ionising radiation for the treatment of organic food or feed, or of raw materials used in organic food or feed.”
In other words, the FDA leads the way in terms of commericial food standards, but if you really want to eat well and healthily, look a little deeper to ensure what you are eating is really and truely organic and not just the food and pharmacutical companies playing with smoke and mirrors.
A switch to organic should be considered a must if you wish to preserve your health, as well as it being an important contribution to the world, affecting climate change, world hunger, food wastage, animal suffering and ensuring our legacy for the next generation. Organic food is not more expensive when it comes to the health benefits it offers. It is the price it is because it is worth so much more than the tasteless, healthless ‘fake’ foods we are offered cheaply from huge food profiteers. By continuing to buy from and support these big corporations, you are placing yourself on the side of those who have no respect for you, your family or the future of the earth.
They are tempting you to collaborate with them with their cheap, ‘attractive’ looking food produce, but of course it is not easy to change when the ‘normal’ way of eating is so deeply ingrained in your lifestyle, your friends’ and family’s lifestyle and so readily available and constantly forced down your throat through advertising.
It is therefore important to use every occasion possible to avoid packaged food in favour of fresh organic choices. Living an organic lifestyle and eating organic food is no longer a nice alternative; it has become a Must – both for our health and our world.