Many people are now choosing organic as one way to help optimise their health and wellbeing. The vitamin and mineral content of fresh produce and other foods will vary based on how the soil is cared for, the environment they are grown in, and how they are processed, among other things.
In organic farming, caring for the soil is of the utmost importance, because it forms the basis for health, for all life forms. As Sophie Grigson and William Black explain, “Healthy soil encourages healthy plants, plants which are strong and disease resistant, which means there is less need for artificial pesticides in organic production”. Their book “Organic – a new way of eating” highlights the fact that if we feed the soil, the plants will look after themselves.
Sally Fallon reiterates this in her book “Nourishing Traditions”, when she explains that nitrogen fertilizers used in conventional (non-organic) farming produce high yields, in part by pulling minerals from the soil. In turn, the food suffers because the vitamin and mineral contents are depleted. She explains that vitamin and mineral content between conventional and organic crops can vary hugely – some commercially raised oranges have been found to contain no vitamin C!
The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ really does ring true. If you consume meat that was once a sickly animal who was fed routine courses of antibiotics, how healthy do you think you will be? Similarly, if you eat a diet of genetically engineered, pesticide sprayed grains, how healthy do you think you will be?
If you are eating food that has been sprayed copious times with a herbicide that has been engineered to kill everything around it, except that particular crop, how do you think this affects the health of the soil, and the subsequent health of your body? Similarly, with the skin being the largest organ in the body, and readily absorbing anything you rub on it, have you considered what is entering your system via this method (by way of creams and lotions)?
Yes, our bodies are amazing, and yes they can process and eliminate a certain degree of ‘rubbish’. But when they become overloaded they are unable to summon the resources required to neutralise the onslaught of poisons entering them. Therefore it makes sense to limit our intake of toxins wherever we are able to do so; for example by making organic choices.
Organic farming helps ensure you are receiving the best quality for your body, allowing your cells to be as healthy and strong as possible. Growth hormones, protein rich feeds and the routine use of antibiotics are not allowed, nor are synthetic chemical fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides or pesticides.