Have you ever considered how eating organically helps the environment as well as your own well-being? In order to achieve this however, it will take some investment of your time and energy.
Typically, we only hear the word ‘invest’ in regard to personal finances. We do, on the other hand, know the importance of taking care of our health, family, children and relationships, but do we invest in them?
Most don’t consider taking care of the family as a ‘personal’ investment. The same holds true for the environment. Mother Nature takes care of the environment, right? Not so much now as we begin to notice the World continues to populate with little to no regard for the Planet.
The good news is that eating organically actually helps the environment.
“How?”, you might ask! Well, we can begin by becoming aware and understanding more about how organic farming communities cultivate and process produce and livestock.
By today’s standards organic crops must be free of:
- Fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides
- Pesticides: petroleum-based or sewage-based.
- GMO’s (genetically modified organism)
With organic farming practices we are free of poisons of all sorts, which reduces pollution for humanity and for our furry and feathery friends. Imagine the benefits to the soil; less soil erosion with better soil fertility. Imagine vegetation, plants and trees flourishing to full potential.
Now we can begin to understand how eating organically, in turn, supports the organic farming communities, who in turn, help the environment. One domino falls upon the next.
Organic livestock farming practices also have particular criteria required in order to be considered organic, such as:
- Free-range access for the animals
- Organic feed
- No antibiotics
- No hormones
- No animal by-products
Alternative ideas and common sense all have an integral part in creating an environment conducive to raising livestock so they can thrive in Mother Nature’s natural atmosphere with organic grasses and soaking up vitamin D at the same time!
Here are a few other interesting notes about organic foods and their value to humanity:
- The nutritional value
- Fresher foods
- Better quality
- No preservatives
- Supports physical wellbeing
- Reduced pollution contaminating nearby farmers, neighbors, animals and plants
Interesting enough, organic farming reduces the risk of polluting nearby farmers via airborne chemicals as well as possible contamination to area underground water sources. Neither of which is healthy consumption for anyone.
Whether you drink the water or breathe the air that had the potential of being exposed by currents drifting for many miles, accumulating various toxic particles are easily ingested daily.
Organic farmers prevent soil erosion by using a crop rotation and composting system to improve the quality of the soil. Typical farmers use the outdated mono-cropping system, which proves to deplete the soil of the vital nutrients necessary for healthy vitamins necessary for human consumption.
Admittedly, organic farmers use less processing and transportation thereby using less energy consumption too. It makes sense that the processing and transportation would have to be minimal at best as there are no ‘poisonous’ preservatives to extend the life of the produce.
It’s not possible to have healthy organic food if farmers aren’t passionate to provide alternative means necessary to grow and harvest their produce.
On one hand the organic foods we choose to eat may not last as long and they may even have a few gnarly bugs attached compared to the mass produced produce we have been exposed to, but it does prove their organic authenticity.
Now that’s the hand I want to use to feed me, what about you?