Apart, from green, and clean, organic is the word, one hears a lot, these days.
Food stores offer great variety of produce branded organic, as do Farmers' Markets, Main Street specialty stores, and various Internet suppliers.
In short, it is food, that had been grown with help of natural rather than artificial methods, meaning no chemicals used to fertilize the soil, kill weeds & bugs, grow faster, harvest bigger, preserve longer, alter shape, flavor, or appearance.
Is this growing interest in organic food a trend or a fad?
Opinions vary, of course; I would like to think that "going organic" is not a fad.
"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es" (tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you what you are),
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
To a growing number of our population,
it is simply an informed
conclusion, and choice between filling a tummy, and nourishing the body. Mass production of uniformed food may have fulfilled basic need for availability and affordability. Greater awareness of its
- Is organic produce good for us?
Food raised organically is not just good; it is actually better for us!
For a start, - and since it is the real thing, - it does look, taste, smell and feel like one. Individual items vary in shape, size, ripeness, and fragrance. This makes shopping, and food preparation not just exciting, but an unique experience in itself. Then, there is a question of taste & quality. Produce that is not forced, but matures in its own time, will have better chance to develop flavor, we appreciate. It will also be more nutritious.
"Organic" is not just a label attached to food items available for sale. It is a way of life, really. Healthy produce requires healthy gardens to grow in, and healthy gardens mean healthy soil, air, water, the whole environment we all share.
It may not be feasible for consumers and gardeners alike, to become 100% certified organic, as of today. But, if you stop, and think what it would mean to you, then, here is a good start!
See our February D.I.Y. Project section and begin creating your own organic kitchen garden, today.
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