Say No Genetically Modified (GM) Food

Agriculture has always been a revered occupation irrespective to the economic status and development of the country. The least of the technologies can be tried on this occupation as it deals with human food and hence any new expertise is hailed with great fanfare. This happened when pesticides cured the farmers off their ‘agri-ills’ for a short span only to make them realise the cons much later. This has happened now with the Genetically Modified (GM) food too. The United States of America greeted the culture and the GM technology, which though denied and debated stands much lower in its intrinsic value that the standard nature given organic food.

Does the sound of ‘engineered’ food make it palatable for you? This sect of food has not really been well-researched on humans and whatever little research has been done shows no dearth of worrisome facts.  Research claims GM food releases toxins that could possibly lead to liver and kidney damage. If you are allergic to any category of food then bid farewell to GM foods as studies reveal that they hike up the intensities of the existing allergies in the body. It has also shown signs of affecting the reproductive systems with disturbing fertility factors. GM foods have also shown startling proofs on lab tested animals of the lowered functionality of the digestive system.

When food is what gives life energy, would people want doubts and worrying research findings around it? History has shown that food is best when it is absolutely natural, when it is organic. Thus, eat natural; after all, there is nothing more important than the food your body relies on.

How Organic Farming Helps Establish Food Security

The many benefits of organic food have already been established and it is little wonder then that everything organic has taken the food world by storm. However, while the organic food is good for our health, how does it help the farmers who turn to organic farming?

There are many NGOs working at international level to help establish food security for the farmers and their families through organic farming. Aside from the health benefits, organic food is fast becoming a cost effective and sure way of helping many poverty stricken families get their three daily meals. Farmers are being asked to adopt the technique of organic farming to feed their families and reduce the expenses incurred on food. Organic farming also helps increase the yield of crop as well the monthly income.

The benefits of turning to organic farming are many for the farmers themselves.

The expense on costly chemicals, pesticides and insecticides is drastically reduced since all these are not used at all in organic farming.

The farmer can keep some share of the organic food for his family that will help in providing adequate nutrition to his growing children. In poverty-stricken families malnutrition is a major health concern in children as well as in women who have attained puberty and are of reproductive age.

The farmer growing organic crops benefits economically as well. The cost of chemicals is nil since they aren’t used and organic foods are sold expensive in the food market that helps the farmers increase their level of income.

Give an Organic Touch to Your Container Garden

In the contemporary lifestyle characterized by hectic schedules, gardening is deemed outdated both in concept and in practice. Many treat gardening either as a retirement option or a countryside diversion, limiting its possibilities. The reality that you live your life in a suburban city, with the competition of each day holds no time for sustainable gardening, does not hold an excuse for not doing so. Container gardening offers an excellent entry point to those who want to try their hands at the pleasurable experience of gardening.

What Is Container gardening?

Defined as the practice of growing plants in containers, container gardening is quiet an established technique of controlled gardening within the confines of one’s home.  Since many vegetables can be promptly grown in containers, it’s a suitable way of growing your own food supply in a fresh, nutritious and convenient manner. Giving an organic touch to your container gardening practices makes sure that the items you cultivate are healthy, safe and uncontaminated. With a little practice and patience you can set up you organic container garden effortlessly.

Let Your Container Garden Take an Organic Turn

Thinking organic is the first step which is proven to be the best step as well.  There are a number of ways you can bring in organic farming principles while carrying out container gardening under your roof.

  • Organic Seeds: Using seeds  that are certified organic instead of genetically modified ones is an important way to ensure that your container garden is in accordance with organic farming principles.
  • Natural Soil Mix: Say no to soil that contains chemical pesticides or herbicides and try natural soil mix.
    Organic Container: The use of organic containers such as natural wood, clay or ceramic pots is sure to give your garden a healthy look.
  • Organic Pesticides:  Using organic fertilizers such as compost, manure, etc. instead of chemical/artificial ones not only endorses organic farming, but yields better results.

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.

Why Organic Farming is the Need of the Hour?

organic farming, organic farmer, organic farming benefitsOrganic farming is man’s gift to a world that is burning with global warming and chocking with pollution. The goal of agriculture is to feed the world. And in our urge to feed the growing and hungry population, we have chosen the wrong path, the path of fertilizers and chemicals. Did you know the traditional modes of agriculture still make use of pesticides which are banned. Studies show that there are 67 such pesticides still used by Indian farmers. The sad part is that every day these pesticides and toxins are entering into our body through the fruits and vegetables we eat. In fact, unwillingly we consume 400-800 % more pesticides than the permissible limit.

Why Organic Farming is A Gift?

Aamir Khan in his show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ rightly highlighted the evil effects of chemical farming. During the show, we have seen most of the farmers confessing that they do not use pesticides for the fruits and vegetables they grow for their own consumption! That’s precisely why we said organic farming is man’s gift to the world.

Without using chemicals that harm our soil, air and water, organic framing offers better pest control and yields. Organic agriculture promotes more balanced communities of predators which means beneficial insects are being used to kill the pests that ruin the produce. To control weeds organic farmers won’t make use of harmful chemical weedicides. They use Mulching Sheets. By this method, one can control weeds in between crops in a natural way. Thus by using natural friendly ways of framing organic agriculture advocates sustainability and harmony between man and nature. It promotes a healthy world and a healthier us.

When you are choosing organic food or organic mode of cultivation, you are not only saving yourself and your family from consuming pesticides, but also doing your bit to save our environment and nature.

Keep an eye out for our next post in which we are discussing the benefits of organic farming.