The Argument for Organic

Currently there has been an increase in the way some people care for food. For this reason organic food is gaining popularity, and more people are joining this initiative. Such power is based on foods made from traditional techniques that respect the environment and improve the health of its consumers.

In recent times, high demand for products has led to producing food industrially. Genetic research, grafts, and manipulation … these are some of the techniques used to create food design, much larger and more adaptable to all conditions. It is also an effective way to increase production and thereby to cover the demand. To achieve this it is also common to use chemical fertilizers and herbicides that are focused on that, production.

Organic farming is expressly getting away from all this and returning to natural farming techniques. That is, respect nature and its natural course. It is true that production is lower, but higher product quality. Organic foods are completely natural, and as such will have more benefits for the body, preventing allergies, poisonings and other disorders that many people are introduced because of the different substances used for food processing today.

Organic foods are free of waste and toxins, so their consumption does not suppose any risk to health. It is noteworthy that when food which has honored its time to maturity and growth, will have gained many more nutritional qualities than food-based chemicals. For this reason, consumption of organic foods bring us many more nutrients and antioxidants needed to protect our cells and maintaining proper health.

Another strong point of such foods is the lack of preservatives and dyes, which gives them greater benefits if possible. For these reasons it is advisable to begin to opt for organic products, as well as to improve our health and maintain a sustainable environment.

To find out where you can find fresh, organic and local food check out the area’s farmers market on the SFNU Calendar!

Written by Flavia Calvar

SFNU Director of Policy and Advocacy

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David versus Goliath

Just a bit of inspiration from some unheard of guy you might know 🙂 Mr. Michael Pollan:

“…before the resurgence of farmers’ markets, the rise of the organic movement, and the renaissance of local agriculture now under way across the country , stepping outside the conventional food system was simply not an option for most people.  Now it is.  We are entering a postindustrial era of food; for the first time in a generation it is possible to leave behind the Western diet without having also to leave behind civilization.  And the more eaters who vote with their forks for a different kind of food, the more commonplace and accessible such food will become.”

I understand how daunting it can feel to be told that your diet needs to do a 180, and in no time at all. It makes sense that the organic movement has been met with some opposition; it is a fact grounded in human nature and biology. There are inextricably linked emotions to food, to the act of eating, to the chemistry of eating our current Western diet.  We are all in agreement that our current diet superficially tastes really good.  Sugar filled sodas, salty snacks, ice cream, and animal protein in large quantities may taste amazing, but there is legitimate evidence that this specific diet is dangerous, yes dangerous, to the well being of the human body. To initiate and sustain such a massive shift of the food economy, and in the eating habits of so many people, each one of us is faced with the decision every day, three times a day to be exact.

But here is where we all have to stop, simply relax and shake off the inundating pressure and responsibilities. As a long term goal, changing our entire industrial food complex with its trillions of dollars and endless sources of involved interest seems like a towering skyscraper made of titanium, and it seems as though all we have are sandbox toys. However, this is the beauty of the supposed challenge of our generation: to nonchalantly reverse our food industry and entrench sustainability and conservation into our government. WE yield all the power! If you change your actions and convince others to do the same, then our actions WILL change the world!

Peace & Good Eats

P.S. Read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, it makes you think for yourself!

Written by Slow Food NU Director of Programming Zack Hanrahan