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Everyday we see and hear the word “organic”, but what does it mean and why is it so important? Going “organic” is a change in lifestyle, a change in perspective that will eventually result in increasing your personal health and that of the planet.
Organic defined: Organic requires that products are produced according to certain production standards. For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing or food additives. For animals, it means they were raised without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones.
Stargazer Perennials, the farm / nursery of Farm Fresh Living is a sustainable, environmentally responsible farm that operates using only organic methods. Although we are not a “certified” organic farm, we have been “organic” for over 30 years. First time visitors to our farm are always amazed at the abundance of wildlife present and how healthy our plants and produce are despite the fact that we use no chemicals. These visits allow us to educate people on the reason that we have such an abundance of bees, butterflies, birds and beneficial insects is because we do not use chemicals. In turn, our beneficial insects and wildlife take care of any pests which may occur, thus the natural cycle of life goes on. Choosing to live an organic lifestyle is not fad, but rather a conscious choice to live a healthier and happier life.
Myth: Organic food tastes like cardboard.
Most people are aware that organically grown food is free from exposure to harmful chemicals, but that is only one small part of what organic is about.
A larger part of organic agriculture involves the health of the soil and of the ecosystems in which crops and livestock are raised.
Organic agriculture is born from the idea that a healthy environment
significantly benefits crops and the health of those consuming them. In
addition, organic practices are also viable in the long term, since they are
efficient in their use of resources, and do not damage the environment and
local communities like large scale "chemical agriculture" does.
Visit HardyGardening.com to learn how you can use mycorrhizal fungi in your soil to help establish healthy soil in your garden
5. Food Tastes Better, has a Truer Flavor and is Better for you
Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at
6. Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes
According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, as of 2006 there are approximately 10,000 certified organic producers in the
7. Avoid Hasty, Dangerous and Poor Science in Your Food
Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth.
8. Eating with a Sense of Place
Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese, organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting a global organic economy year round. It will make your taste buds happy.
9. Promote Biodiversity
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Native plants, birds and hawks return usually after the first season of organic practices; beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven. As best said by Aldo Leopold, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a focus on high farm yields.
10. Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture
Food is a ‘language’ spoken in every culture. Making this language organic allows for an important cultural revolution whereby diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one heirloom seed from extinction, for example, is an act of biological and cultural conservation. Organic is not necessarily the most efficient farming system in the short run. It is slower, harder, more complex and more labor-intensive. But for the sake of culture everywhere, from permaculture to human culture, organic should be celebrated at every table.