According 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.
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!