Demand for organic food that has generated considerable hype and hoopla since the dawn of the 21st century is growing in popularity with every passing day. The term or expression ‘organic food’ whose use has a fashionable connotation these days simply is a throwback to the conventional methods and techniques of harvesting food crops. Perpetually burgeoning world population puts cumulative pressure on farmers; planters, cultivators and agriculturists to increase yield per acre.
This compels the grower to extensively use fertilizers and manures to step up production in order to feed innumerable mouths whose numbers are growing every second. Recurrent consumption of foods laced with chemicals and composts not only poses immeasurable health hazards but also shortens the lifespan of an individual. Consequently, the need for switching to organic foods is slowly but surely becoming indispensable, which ultimately is shifting the onus to grow organic crops free of pesticides and hazardous chemicals on farmers.
No matter whatever sort of organic food or foods you consume, the fact that these eatables do not contain additives, preservatives, pesticide residues, stabilizers or enhancers substantially minimizes your health risks. On the other hand, by going organic, you’re doing your bit to save the environment from further damage. At the same time, you’re encouraging the planters and cultivators to grow more and more ‘macrobiotic’ or natural crops. Following are some good reasons why you should include more organic food items in your four square meals every day.
Save The Animals
Can you imagine a world completely devoid of fauna? A futuristic world where subsequent generation(s) of human beings will get to see only fellow beings no matter how deep they go into a forest or woodland is looming on the horizon. Twenty-five to thirty years from now, your children will never get to see a bison or reindeer if you continue eating processed meats or treated dairy products.
By buying processed or packaged meats, and milk products, you’re putting more into the hands of multinationals and transnational corporations. You’re also inculcating abattoirs and animal husbandry promoters to mercilessly butcher livestock and their young ones. If you find it really difficult to give up meat consumption, then at least take a stand to consume more lean meats.
Also, source your meat buys from the local butcher or livestock farmer instead of picking packages straight from the shelves in supermarkets and departmental stores. In other words, go for organic meats rather than meats that have undergone treatment with chemicals or preservatives.
Save the Lonely Planet for Future Generations
Of all the causes behind making the switchover from eating inorganic food items to organic produce saving the earth, our only home is undoubtedly the most imperative. The benefits to be reaped for encouraging the production of organic crops are many including the replenishing the fertility of the soil, increased water retention, and improved drinkability of water. Organic farming practices will offset and eventually prevent the pollution of large and small water bodies caused by rampant commercial agricultural methods.
Modern-day commercial farming is heavily dependent on conventional energy resources, which increase overall carbon footprints leading to augmented environmental degradation. On the other hand, organic farming is carried out using traditional or conventional agricultural and cultivation mechanisms thereby minimizing pressure on the ecosystem. To put it shortly, by consuming organic food items we’re promoting organic farming which in turn is keeping the environment safe for the future generations.
Prevent Wastage of Food
By deciding to have more and more of foods that are purely organic, you contribute to reduction in the wastage of consumables on a global basis in several ways. Firstly, some components of natural foods from which packaged items are prepared is discarded which otherwise would’ve been consumed in the usual course. Secondly, stringent restrictions regarding the quality to be maintained disqualify tones of imported foods from entering the targeted markets leading to their rejection and dumping. If you purchase fruits and vegetables and various other food items from the open-air markets or local grocer you’ll not only be contributing towards the protecting the livelihoods of farmers but also indirectly help in reducing wastage.
Contribute to Breaking the Stranglehold of Multinationals
We’re all living in a consumerist society that is exaggeratedly crass and mindlessly commercial. Every individual and/or business organization is devoted to making as much money as possible. So, whether all stakeholders involved in food production really care about your health and wellbeing or are more involved in profit-making is anybody’s guess.
The scale of profits earned by agrochemical, food processing and pharmaceutical companies makes one strongly feel and suspect that there might be an unholy nexus between them with the aim of serving vested interests. You can help break this invisible cartel by deciding to make the shift to organic foods.
It does not need to be stressed that the little ones are more vulnerable to the pesticide remnants, chemicals, and additives than adults which consequently renders them more susceptible to diseases. Additionally, since kids are likely to consume more vegetables and fruits compared to adults, the impurities ingrained in these foods cause the lodging of increased toxins in their systems. Balanced development of their bodily organs is also severely compromised with. Encouraging children to eat organic foods will make them grow up as healthier citizens.
More Nutrients Mean Better Health
The human body needs its quota of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins that obviously is sourced from the foods one takes all through the day. It has been observed that foods that are cultivated organically have a higher content/concentration of vitamins and minerals compared to grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables that are grown and harvested using traditional methods.
Preserve and Protect Agricultural Biodiversity
Modern farming and/or agricultural techniques that lay emphasis on a limited number of strains of grains or cereals in order to maximize yield, have led to the extinction of more than 75% crop varieties. Organic farming restores the original nutrients of the soil thereby enhancing the quality of the soil and its fertility. This augurs well for both the flora and fauna.
Closing up it can be inferred that if you want to pass on a congenial living environment for the next generation and also make the present surroundings more livable, then you should start taking organic foods right from today.