Organic farming a natural alternative
September 27, 2002
What goes into the food you buy and consume? If you have ever asked
that question, you were probably stumped and had no clue as to what goes
into your groceries or into your fast food burger.
Sadly enough, if your food is not organically grown, it is filled with
chemicals, pesticides and hormones.
Also, your food may have been sprayed with fecal mater, been exposed
to radiation or has been genetically modified. Sound appetizing?
But wait! There is an alternative.
In response to the obscene amounts of unnatural additives that go into
our food, organic farming is the up and coming alternative.
Organic farming is not only better for your health overall, but it is
In plants, one in three non-organic foods have pesticide residues on
In organic food, this is rarely the case. Even though pesticide safety
is tested for individual pesticide compounds, little is known about the
"cocktail effect"-that is, the mixtures of different pesticide
So why risk it? If you eat organic produce, then you reduce your chance
of consuming lab experiments instead of the juicy sweetness of a naturally
The taste of natural food can not be beat, so why alter it? Many food
manufacturers place more than 500 additives in different foods.
These additives are harmful to our health. Stuff with hard to pronounce
names like asparatame, hydrogenated fat, phosphoric acid, sulphur dioxide,
monosodium glutamate, artificial flavoring and colorings, can all be harmful.
Just because people can not tell what they are by reading them, manufacturers
assume that we will ignore it-and many people do.
Organic farmers, are prohibited from using such chemicals and additives.
Reading labels is more important than you thought and you get more points
for your health and safety.
Studies have shown that animals that have been organically fed are healthier
in terms of growth, reproductive health and recovery from illness.
So naturally, the food that comes from these animals is as healthy as
Organic farmers prohibited the feeding of animal protein to farm animals
even before the "mad cow disease" crisis occurred in the United
Kingdom. And there have never been any recorded incidences where "mad
cow disease" hit any organically fed animal. In Idaho, ranchers have
caught on to the organic trip and produce the only certified beef that comes
from cows that have never been fed antibiotics or hormones.
They are also breeding in living conditions that suite their nature.
Here is another example where your health and safety are assured by doing
research and reading labels.
Genetically modified organisms are another sketchy venture that organic
farmers have steered clear of due to insufficient evidence of their safety.
Again, why risk it? If GMOs can be harmful, why put them in the food we
It seems that food manufacturers and "modern agriculture"
are completely in it for the profit. Mass production and "production
efficiency" at the cost of quality and health, is how they run their
To get the most that they can out of their livestock, many non-organic
farmers use massive amounts of antibiotics. This increases the growth of
animals, and also prevents disease in the animals. This problem can be fixed
by raising the standards of animal welfare and cutting out the overcrowded,
unsanitary style of farming. A recent government survey gave organic food
high marks and confirmed that with organic farming methods, like proper
composting of manure, such risks as E. coli are minimized. This is real
Organic food products are sometimes hard to find, however, due to the
fact that it is a small but growing industry. However, your local Trader
Joe's is stocked full of organic goodies at extremely affordable prices.
The industry is growing quickly-in the U.S. alone, certified cropland
has more than doubled from 1992 to 1997. Perhaps with more demand, the supply
will increase and more and more markets will meet the demand.The food you
eat is all a part of how you live your life and how you feel about yourself.
Treat your body right and it will do the same for you. How does a yummy
bite of fecal matter sound? Bon Appetit!