As growing organic becomes more and more appealing as a “money maker”, the quality of organic food available in stores or even farmer’s markets may be less than buyers would hope for.
Several Years Back Most Folks Coming to Organic Farming Came in One of Two Ways.
- There were those who trusted nature from their beginnings in growing food/animals and wanted to work with nature to produce food as it was intended, without poisons and filled with nutrients. It was their first and only mindset.
- Then there were those who came to organic farming because of some major problem (usually the health of the animals or the health of the farmer) that working with chemicals in conventional agriculture had caused. They were the ones who learned the hard way that conventional agriculture is way off base.
Growing ONLY for Profit
The last I read the percentage of organic sales was 5% of the total food market and growing all the time. With that happening there are more and more people who enter into organic food production ONLY because of the possible return on investment. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with a good return on their investment, the key word in the last sentence is “only”.
Many if not most of these folks may enter organic growing with no previous knowledge of organic concepts and with a mindset that may reflect more of conventional agriculture than working with nature.
Are They in Tune with the “Spirit of the Law” or Do They Only Follow the “Letter of the Law”?
If you’ve been keeping up, you already know that much of big agri-business knows how to keep the “letter of the law” (in order that they may still be labeled as organic), but avoids keeping the real “spirit of the law”. A true organic-work-with-nature strategy produces a much healthier product (be it produce or animal) than just simply not using chemicals or poisons or antibiotics for example.
It’s a sure bet to say that those who enter the field for profit ONLY are prone to any compromises that increase their bottom line.
Taking Responsibility for Your Food
Our society as a whole has given the responsibility for their food over to big agri-business. That’s proved disastrous.
But those of us who have become more aware of what’s going on in the food industry and know the health benefits of “real” organic food, have to take back the responsibility of providing the best food for ourselves and our families. No one else will do it for us — most especially big agri-business — be it organic or conventional.
Our Options and Our Best Bet
For most of us, there will be times when buying organic produce in stores will be the best we can do. In most cases, it would be impossible to know much about the grower of the produce, but at least it won’t have poisons on it.
If we can buy directly from a farmer or grower, it will give us a chance to learn their mindset and how they go about producing food. This certainly would be a better option in our search for good food.
If you are working with nature, adding organic materials to your soil, practicing diversity and the other principles of nature then your very best bet for nutrient dense healthful food is your own garden.
In Closing – An Experience that Proved to Me My Garden Produces More Nutrient Dense Food Than What I Can Purchase Elsewhere
Before I started to garden in the winter and most especially before I started growing mache (which laughs at cold weather) for my everyday winter allotment of lettuce-like greens, I would literally suffer cravings for lettuce in January, February, March and part of April until I could grow enough lettuce to start eating on a daily basis. Grocery store organic bagged lettuce did nothing to stop the cravings (not to mention it has no taste). Thus, I stopped buying organic lettuce from the grocery story about 6 years ago.
For the past two winters I have finally had enough mache (and also lettuce under covers) to have some everyday during the winter. I have not had any cravings in late winter and early spring for two years now. It’s been wonderful!
As you continue to make your plans for your garden, know that you are providing probably the most health giving food your family can get.
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