Does organic food have to be trendy, upscale and precious? Does it always have to be about taking your BMW down to Whole Foods for something as unlikely sounding as an organic lettuce for money that could essentially feed your family for a whole day?
Crazy as it sounds many thousands do exactly that and frankly there is no need, if you have a backyard, you can grow your own organic superfoods very inexpensively.
There’s actually been a study done called Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply that’s followed the problem for years and found that there is no reason why it can’t be done. It tells us what we always knew – small-time small-town farmers who farm their own land, and care about the environmental consequences of what they do can, all put together, feed more people than the disruptive practices of industrial agriculture. We don’t need genetically engineered crops for large-scale production, and we certainly don’t need tons of fertilizer and pesticides and machines to keep the world from going hungry and starving. To grow organic and to grow it well, we only need the dedication and the clarity that only the small farmer can bring to the table.
If it’s as simple as all that, why is it that we’ve come to believe all these years we need the massive organized agricultural system to keep the world fed? Well, apparently all that is just the scaremongering of the good folks over at the industrial farming industry. For instance, when they refer to organic food in their arguments against it, they try their best not to speak of the sensitive and knowledgeable farming techniques practiced today in this country by small farmers; they look at the low tech, poor quality farming practices of the Third World and try to point out how without lots of fertilizer and pesticides those uninitiated farmers couldn’t achieve achieve anything.
In the better parts of the world, educated farmers, more than 10 million of them, have been moving away from industrial farming and towards trying to grow organic, and they’ve managed to double output over the last 10 years.
You may wonder what makes organic fruit and vegetables healthier than the other array of apples, bananas, oranges, beans, carrots, and broccoli you see in the local supermarket. Well, there are a few distinctions actually. It all begins with the pesticides. Most farmers are using nasty pesticides on their fruits and vegetables in order to assist their farming abilities and increase produce numbers. Sadly these chemicals bleed into the fruits and vegetables, hence leaving them tainted and less healthy. Many folks believe that pesticides lead to cancer and other health afflictions. Naturally this encourages us to avoid them. Then there are the organic fruit and produce options. Organic produce is grown all natural, and doesn’t contain harmful pesticides and chemicals. Another aspect you may notice about the produce in your grocery store is the appearance. Organic fruit is not waxed and polished-up to look desirable. It’s 100 percent natural produce.
If your unsure where to start growing your own organic fruit and vegetables it may be worthwhile checking out Food4Wealth it’s been written by Jonathan White, an experienced, professional environmental scientist and gardener. Jonathan, with over 20 years experience and personal research, has developed a comprehensive package of techniques to allow gardeners to enjoy growing food in their plots with higher yields and less work. Jonathan’s easy-to-understand style makes Food4Wealth perfect for beginners and advanced gardeners alike.