Headlines for organic are making their space in newspapers and on the internet almost every day. So, why such a storm of hype for going Organic? A question that dwells in the head of many.
From prominent Hollywood celebrities like Alicia Silverstone and Julia Roberts to Bollywood renowned figures like Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty, have switched to an organic lifestyle.
What is organic? Why go for it? Why are certain people going crazy for it? When don’t we even buy a pair of shoes without asking someone else how can we make such a drastic change in our food habits without doing proper research?
There was a time when my younger brother came to me asking, “What if I say your poop is of some use?”, I couldn’t resist but burst into laughter as it seemed like a rib-tickling joke to me back then. But I was taken aback when he showed me an article from TOI :-
“A team of researchers from University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru tested human poop as manure to grow crops and found that they not only grow better, but the nutrient level in the soil also improves.”
Technology and the techniques that we use nowadays have evolved since the past few years. More of the emphasis is on using natural products rather than opting for chemical crammed ones.
This is when organic comes into play. Organic fruits and vegetables are nurtured using manures made from vegetable matter, fallen leaves and twigs, animal matter, human and animal excreta etc., which are easily decomposable and the nutrients are released directly into the soil. Thus, rendering the earth to remain fertile for longer, also reducing soil pollution. What better way to use bio-waste?
Additionally, consuming organic food can help you keep in fine fettle as it is free from harmful synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides.
Apart from deteriorating fruits and vegetables, the pesticides and other toxic chemicals used also contaminates the water bodies. Water is then directly drained into water bodies as the prognosis many aquatic creatures die, and the water becomes non-potable and unfit for other uses.
Organic foods contain more antioxidants and vitamins than fruits and vegetables cultivated using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Free from artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colours and flavours and eco-friendly. It enhances our immune system, as well.
It is true that organic food costs more than non-organic food but let’s just put it in this way, what use of such money that can’t keep you and your family in good health? It is far better to invest your cash eating healthy than spending imprudently in hospitals, paying for medicines and tests. It is said, “Prevention is better than cure”. Woo hoo, organic food just saved you pennies.
When animals are raised organically they are not given antibiotics and hormones which makes animal products healthy for consumption. GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) are not considered in organic farming this is because those are new to the environment and it is after all artificially made which may have some side effects which can be very dangerous and not known to us. Well as we head towards, I would like to mention, next time you go to the loo spend one extra minute and make some contribution to organic production. Just kidding.
It’s a famous saying, “an apple a day keeps a doctor away” make sure you buy an organic one next time.