Old fashioned goodness never forgotten.
We live in a difficult world. One, which is hazardous, unhealthy and detrimental to life in all its forms. Take for instance, the pesticide levels in our farms which in turn finds its way into the earth and from thereon into the water & food. Notwithstanding the fallacy of more pesticides-better yield. Today it is a well-known fact that the excessive use of pesticides has created resistant organisms and even harmful mutated ones. All of which means the farmer sprays more & more pesticides every year to keep the pests at bay. Forgotten are nature and its own ways of balance and Darwinism. Added to this is the farmers investment in the purchase of fertilizers and pesticides. Frankly, it has been a difficult journey for farmers, consumers and the planet.
Organic regulations strictly prohibit the use of synthetic, toxic, persistent pesticides. If they are not avoided, they will persist in air, water, and food and in our bodies. This could be alarming and cancer causing. On the less worrying side could be several undiagnosed digestive disorders, allergies and a mixed up biorhythm too. Organic also means the farmer is protected from the expenses on pesticide. Pesticides exposure has been shown to cause cancer, nervous system and lung damage, reproductive dysfunction and possibly malfunctioning of the endocrine and immune systems too.
Adherence to organic standards also means the non-usage of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These are basically artificially created crop strains (variants). GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or seemingly improved nutritional content. Such organisms, research has demonstrated can have a harmful effect on the land, the crop and our health. Hybrid crops while being resistant to herbicides could actually create a situation where the crop plants engineered for herbicide tolerance and weeds could cross-breed, resulting in the transfer of the herbicide resistance genes from the crops into the weeds. These “superweeds” would then be herbicide tolerant as well. So the cycle of pesticide usage gets perpetuated. Several life threatening allergies have also been surfacing worldwide in foods. Possibly the process of genetic modification is actually creating a new allergen which results in allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.
The call of organic is to thus go back to nature and old-fashioned goodness. Revive the treasured, old ways, allow nature to be a part of the sustenance of our lives and empower the farmer to gain long lasting sustainability.
So, you would realize that going organic is not merely a choice, but perhaps an attitude and a conviction, in fact an ongoing and much needed exercise that could benefit us all.
You, the farmers and the planet. Give it a thought. Get more aware, check out the minimum residue levels, read the labels for the ingredients. Avoid the use of genetically modified organisms and do everything possible to go back to the old – fashioned goodness of our forefathers, when the earth and humans, food and living, farmer and consumer lived in a harmonious balance.