Why Organic? Sustainable Agriculture at New Life

Organic AgricultureAccording to a meta-analysis of 237 studies conducted by Stanford University, there is little evidence to indicate that organically grown foods are significantly more nutritious than conventionally grown food.

This news was picked up by a large number of popular outlets such as the New York Times and CBS News, which declared that given the significantly higher cost, there is no point to buying organic.

However, the widespread media coverage of the Stanford report tended to understate the findings of significantly lower levels of pesticides found on organically grown produce, as well as the fact that organic food contained smaller amounts of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They also did not factor in issues of taste, social and environmental impacts, or food industry politics (hands up if you want to be a tomato picker in Florida!)

Organic farming is central to our recovery program here at New Life Foundation. We grow all our own rice, as well as a large variety of fruit and vegetables, and we try to do it as free of chemicals as possible.

In addition, while we are concerned about health and what goes into our bodies, our organic and sustainable farming practices also aim to put people in touch with how nature provides us with sustenance.

In the simple act of planting a tree, watering a seedling, and weeding the ground, we heal our spirits. With bare feet sinking into the earth and sun embracing our skin, we nurture drug and stress-ravaged bodies. We grow organically because it helps us be mindful towards ourselves, one another, and our environment.

Simply put, detoxified food = body detox = mind detox!

We’d like to hear your voice in this debate:

Why would or wouldn’t you support organically-grown food?

Tell us in the ‘Comments’ section!

–SV

3 Comments

  1. We all share the same earth and air. Besides the fact that organic gardening helps protect our bodies from potential toxic chemicals, it also protects the earth and air from being subjected to these toxins. It is easier and less costly to use chemicals to grow, but I do not believe, as many, that it is safer for this earth. You are doing the right thing. Those of us that share this earth and air with you…thank you.

  2. When you choose organic farming, you have done a back hand rejection to greed, gluttony and wastage. Organic farming demands you understand how Nature works her way and time is the essence in the air, with the soil and the living things (plants, animals and fish) to grow the food to fruition.

    Hormone or antibody hastens growth and fatten the desired products, and it tends to satisfy the monetary returns of farmers. Greed sets in! The residues that sits in the body after man consumes the products are the woes in modern medicine.

    Somehow, “wants” and “needs” are wantonly confused this group of people tends to eat more than needed from the perspective of food intake versus output by way of activities to burn up the calories. Gluttons and obese are nurtured who eat more than they can work off the fats.

    With food is aplenty in supply, wastage is just inevitable as one takes things for granted. This is more so when the food chain gets longer as the farmer is so remotely detached from the far away consumers afield.

    A teaser. When a chicken drum stick drops on the village floor who will eat it after all? The starving Myanmar refugee or the hot shot from Beijinger, all considered Asians? And so a Generation Y is borne!

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