Are We Eating Food Or Poison?

The fruits and vegetables we buy are most often subject to one chemical treatment or the other for reasons varying from cosmetic necessities to the farming techniques used. The deleterious effects of pesticides and insecticides is a well-known phenomenon. Apart from this, farm produce could also be subject to chemical run-offs from industrial plants, poisoning the streams, rivers and consequently the soil as well. In addition, the innumerable toxic substances we consume in the form of preservatives in packaged food contribute to the list of our direct consumption of chemicals.

Chemicals like mercury can easily find it’s way into fruits and vegetables or seafood like fish. It has been reported to cause harm to the brain and fetal development, leading to tumors, dementia etc apart from causing birth defects. Aluminium, another common toxic element is an often found ingredient in food emulsifiers, tooth paste, baking powder etc. Cumulative accumulation of aluminium may also cause damage to the brain leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The only way to avoid the scares of these intentional and unintentional chemicals is by choosing to go organic! In fact, if you are serious about ridding your body of years of toxicity, a simple diet of organic vegetables and whole grains will do wonders. If you want effective results, avoid any protein or fat intake. Once the detoxification is accomplished, your body will feel rejuvenated and lighter. At this point, you can start a regular diet. But of course, don’t fill your body with any more toxicity!

What are the Environmental Benefits of Organic Farming?

Organic food refers to any food that is grown without the detrimental interference of synthetic and unnatural methods or materials. The practice of using chemical fertilizers, artificial pesticides, and techniques of farming such as the application of radiation for faster growth gives yield that is not organic in nature. The growing demands of the modern world have lead to farming ethics that cause damage to the land as well as the health of it’s consumers and organic farming works against this.

Let’s consider the benefits of organic farming and it’s produce more closely. It has been observed that organic farming, if used effectively can reduce the cost of production by almost 30%. By doing away with harmful and synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides not only does the farmer avoid unnecessary expenses but also contributes to the health of the soil. Well-nourished soil further leads to higher yields. It has been observed that the sites of organic farming are home to various insects and birds which further help to kill unwanted organisms in the soil, rodents etc. The benefits of organic farming are far-reaching as they create a healthy ecosystem giving rise to a clear environment.

While adhering to organic farming is beneficial, the lack of it poses threat to human health. Organic farming, basically opposing the use of chemicals in it’s approach, is fast growing in it’s popularity amongst the health-conscious. Consuming organic food reduces chances of diseases such as cancer, disorders relating to heart and many more.

4 Benefits Of Organic Farming

Are you worried that the vegetables, fruits and other food items you are eating could be contaminated with chemicals and fertilizers? If the answer is yes, making organically grown food products a part of your diet would be a wise move.

Unlike traditional farming, organic food products are cultivated without the use of chemicals. It focuses on producing food with more nutrients and less chemicals. Here is an overview of the benefits of following organic farming techniques:

1)       Lower Cost: It has been discovered that organic farming is more profitable than the traditional farming methods. Using this method farmers can reduce the cost by  about 25 – 30% as it does not make use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

2)       Environmental Benefits: Organic farming is not about applying pesticides or chemical fertilizers to protect and increase yields. It is about preserving our air, soil and water with the use of harmless natural resources. For instance, instead of using weedicides to eliminate weeds, farmers who follow organic farming methods use Mulching Sheets to control weeds that grow in between crops.

3)       Preserves Ecosystem: Organic farming is all about building a synergy with various plant and animal life forms. It is effective in supporting the survival of wildlife in the lowlands. Since this kind of farming does not use chemical pesticides it is a good way to preserve soil.

4)       Healthy Food: Foods produced using organic farming neither contain artificial flavours or preservatives, nor do they contain any harmful chemicals. In other words organic farming helps retain the original nutritional content of food products due to the absence of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

To do your bit towards protecting our environment, practice organic farming. Our next week’s post is about organic gardening tips.