Why ORGANIC FOOD?

Philippines
January 4, 2007 1:48am CST
If you'd like to see our land and water support life on Earth well into the future, you need to know about organic farming and sustainable agriculture. Our biggest fears stem from pesticides and the concern that those currently used to grow our food might someday prove to be carcinogenic. So, do u want to eat organic food or those with pesticide food?
8 responses
@swapnshop (219)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I would like to trying growing organic vegetables. Do you have any tips on mixing the soil?
• United States
4 May 07
If you are planting seed in containers I would suggest buying a starter mix, just watch out for ones laden w/ chemical fertilizers. Make sure the soil is damp when you plant. For planting directly in the garden, it really depends upon what you are planting. Carrots need loose soil, so if you have a heavy soil, add lots of peat. Make sure to dig down deep to loosen the soil well, so the carrots can grow. Lettuce, on the other hand, has shallow roots and won't need such deep soil preparation. Lettuce will benefit from a little extra nitrogen though, adding some compost is always a good bet. If you live in the Northeastern part of the states chances are you'll need to add lime due to acidic soil pH (compliments of the acid rain coming from the midwest.) The key to growing organically is to build a good living soil over seasons by adding lots of organic matter, compost, living mulches, etc. If you get the chance find a book by Elliot Coleman. He does a great job explaining organic gardening theories.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I completely agree. We need to practice organic methods ourselves, and support them with our spending.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
4 May 07
Every time we spend money, we cast a vote. Do we want to vote with our money for a positive change, as in going organic, or for a negative change, as in buying chemical-laden food? It's all in how we spend our money.
@Fenja1 (66)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I think we also need to think of the health of the farmers who grow our food. As they become more knowledgeable about the dangers of pesticides, will they want to continue growing non-organic foods? If more people buy organic, more farmers will grow organic, and thus better protecting their own health by not being around the pesticides.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
4 May 07
I wholeheartedly agree. By going organic, we show we care not just about ourselves, but about others, including the farmers, their spouses, and their children both born and not yet born. And, we also show we care about the animals that are raised on the farms, and the birds and animals that go near the farms. The extent of care is far-reaching just by buying organic products.
@h_gaurd9 (988)
• United States
30 May 07
I would rather eat food that hasn't been through pesticides. It's a health risk. That's why it's important to wash any fruit or vegetables that you're about to eat. Organic foods are a better choice. They are wholesome stomach foods and that's important to eat. It's healthy to. I like to eat organic foods.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
28 May 07
I always face this problem whenever I go marketing for vegetables daily as what sorts of vegetables to be chosen. Nowadays it’s very difficult to find vegetables without pesticides. We could hardly get organic vegetables here as there are very few organic farms around in my country. Though organic vegetables are rather expensive they worth the money as they are believed to be more natural and pesticides free. But some so called organic veg are not really genuine and we by no way to prove it unless we send them for lab. test.
@aweins (4203)
• India
14 May 07
well my friend jtmblossom, we are grown and brought up by eating food which is not always organic at times. i know organic food is very nutritious and healthy but today it has started off like a trend. people are buying the food as they buy a branded T-shirt or a Branded Adidas or a Nike shoe. now eating and buying an organic food has become a trend, rather than a choice to healthy food. i feel it is very environmental healthy. In a rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy the demands people use lethal pesticides to control disease and insect attack. Organic food is having fifty percent more nutrients and minerals and vitamins than the intensively farmed.
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
4 May 07
We don't seem to know enough about the pesticides that are commonly sprayed, and what they do to the body. I refuse to be a guinea pig, and I don't want cancer and other awful diseases from that garbage! That's one of the main reasons why I eat and drink mostly organic stuff.
• United States
3 May 07
Fruit in season goes for cheap, [it's priced insane] but you have to know how to pick out the good ones, put it up, freeze it or can it yourself. [make chutneys & pickles] You have to wake up early though to get the freshest, but You get better deals near closing time, but then again everything's all picked over. I've run into Many Mothers don't know these skills or don't know where to go [local resources] to find bargains.