Have you wondered about Organic?28 Sep 2017
Organic month UK and organic week and organic awareness month in Australia are coming to a close so here are some quick thoughts on this funny topic.
In the dictionary ‘organic’ is described as ‘relating to or derived from living matter’. So shouldn't all food be 'organic'? Yet somehow we have come to this moment in time when products have to labelled as organic so we can be assured it comes to us naturally, from living matter.
Now is it just me, or is this a little bit backward?
Shouldn’t we be able to take it for granted that everything we eat is organic unless told otherwise? Perhaps we need labels that say 'This is certified non-organic' or 'these tomatoes have been sprayed with herbicides and pesticides' or 'these artificial colours and preservatives have been added to such and such a product so that it can be shipped across the globe and sit on a shelf for weeks'.
That seems to make more sense to me.
Maybe I’m strange?
Should this be the label and everything else is just organic?
“Organic means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – this means more wildlife”!
What I love most about the organic movement the most is that last point ‘sustainable management of land and environment’. Growing food in sync with the environment, a closed loop with plants and natural processes working together as they have in balance for millions of years. Food grown from good soil and the waste food composted to make new soil, with symbiosis in play, one organism keeping another in check.
You can start engaging with this fun and interesting part of eating organic in your own garden, local food project, permaculture group or even local school or market. Having a problem with pests eating your vegetables? Learn about companion plants that encourage natural predators. It’s fascinating! And without all the sprays and powders gets easier and easier.
Throw out the chemicals and start experimenting today.
If you shop / grow organically you simply scrape some tomato seeds from your salad into the garden and they will pop up everywhere. You are really going to love learning about growing chemical free and organic. Plus, it's a great way to feed your family.
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