If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?
Our nation has chosen to produce food in a way that is unintended by nature. Corporations are genetically modifying our food, adding hormones and antibiotics to our food, and spraying our food with over 60 billion pounds of pesticides and chemicals each year. Large agribusinesses take control away from nature, not just of what we are eating, but of when we are eating it and of how we are producing it. The huge corporate growers of our food produce it in a way that benefits their wallet, instead of our health. Our industrial model of food production is a large experiment into diet manipulation, and we are the Guinea pigs. We are now seeing the results of this experiment all around us in the form of diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, autoimmune disorders, birth defects, attention deficit disorders in children, and infertility. We are also seeing the effects of large scale farming and mono-cropping in the form of depleted soils and toxic water sources. When we buy foods produced with these harmful additives, we are supporting these methods and these results.
Food that is organic is free of synthetic additives, toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes. Food that is organic is not produced using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering. It is virtually impossible to talk about the importance of supporting organic food without including local information. They go hand in hand and one without the other leaves something missing. If you have an organic product that is being shipped from the other side of the country or is produced by large agribusinesses, you are leaving a decent sized carbon footprint, jeopardizing the health of our planet, and supporting an industrialized food system. If you have a local product that is being sprayed with pesticides you jeopardize yourself and your family's health. The combination of organic and local is like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Organic foods are not only better for us because they do not contain the toxins mentioned above, they are better for our environment. There is a bigger picture here. Organic foods are the products of an organic system of farming that promotes the preservation of soil, prevents the pollution of water sources, supports the humane treatment of animals, and preserves wildlife habitats. Eating organically not only means that you are avoiding the ingestion of chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics shown to negatively impact health, but that you are supporting the conservation of our environment, in a time when we so desperately need to. With this being said, it is important to mention that not all Certified Organic products adhere to the philosophy of organic. We believe that some Certified Organic products are produced by corporations who use "organic" more as a marketing tool than a commitment to the health of you and your family. It is best to avoid all processed foods, even if they are organic. Instead, go for organic, locally produced, real whole foods that do not require a food label or long ingredient list.
For us, eating organically in accordance with nature, means eating consciously. It means actively making a choice to consume foods that have been grown in a way that is nourishing, supportive of natural rhythms and balance, and that in turn will provide these same benefits to our body, mind, and spirit. Eating organic means that we know where our food is coming from, that we appreciate the farmers who grow it, and that we value our health, our bodies, and our planet.
One of the biggest barriers that we hear when it comes to eating organically is cost. For many people, buying organic produce and meats seems expensive. To this, we urge people to look at where they may be spending money elsewhere, and consider priorities. We believe that organic whole foods prevent future disease. We believe that we can either pay our farmer now or our pharmacist later. When great food and great health become a priority, the extra money spent on food shifts from daunting and costly, to important and necessary. Talk with your local farmers about how they produce their food. Although many small farms are not Certified Organic, they still grow their foods according to the organic philosophy. Buying naturally produced food from farms and farmers markets will save you money.