Some people think that organic gardening is just gardening without chemicals. That's true, but that is not the whole story.
Growing food organically is as much a way of living your life as it is a method of producing food. It is a desire to live without putting chemicals in your body from many different sources. It is realizing that something is wrong with our present method of feeding our society. It is feeling the connection between plants, animals, insects, all that make up this planet and us, living in a harmony and balance with the soil that gives life to all things.
This discussion is much to broad for a short article, so we will just touch on a few points. It is my hope that you will be motivated to dig deeper into the whys of feeding your family with organic foods.
The amount of chemicals in this world is staggering. It was estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service that 22 million tons of chemical fertilizer was used by American farmers in 2005 alone. That does not include all the gardens, yards, golf courses, etc. that pour on the fertilizer. And, that is just one chemical substance we must deal with in our environment.
A study was done on people who lived in the state of Washington. The researcher found at least 26 toxic chemicals in every person tested and many more in some. You can find out more on the study by going to <a href="http:// www.pollutioninpeople.org">www.pollutioninpeople.org</a>. And, Washington is not the only place that has chemicals.
Our food system is failing
Our present system of shipping our food all over the country, and sometimes, all over the globe is failing. Transportation costs are rising. It is impossible to check each shipment for the quality of the food. The government gives all kinds of slack to the large corporations that provide food to your local grocery.
Label on the food stuff you purchase must be carefully read. The motto is buyer beware. You are responsible for what you eat. It is up to you to provide the quality of food you desire, not the large corporation or the government. Neither has your best interest at heart.
Where’s the peace
Stress is such a big topic today. It is blamed for the majority of our diseases. There are many factors that are involved in the cause of stress, but, I think, one of the biggest is our lost of connection with the environment. We do not get our hands dirty anymore. The majority of people living in the US have little, or no, connection with their food.
We were built to be hunter, gatherers. Our being desires to live with nature and we do not get a chance to do that for a lot of reasons. Until we can recapture that connection our peace will continue to suffer.
Raising our own food organically, getting our hands in the dirt, can solve a lot of problems we have in our society. I hope the above article stimulates you to “dig” into the problems we have with our food and health.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.