We came home from our trip to an abundance of fruit and vegetables in our garden. Nature truly is miraculous as it gives us what we need when we need it. As we head into the winter months our garden has provided us with lots of healthy, natural sources of vitamin c in the form of citrus fruits, tomatoes and cape gooseberries.
However, we also have a responsibility (to ourselves, our families and the planet) to grown our own food in a healthier, sustainable way.
During the last few decades there has been a change in the mechanisation and homogenisation of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilisers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind's health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (bird's flu being the one of the recent ones).
The World Health Organisation produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat to our health.
If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden.
Why your vegetables should be organic
You will have no additives in your vegetables. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
Pesticides or synthetic fertilisers and other chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless of plagues or weather conditions, and affects the quality of the vegetables. Besides, pesticides are usually very poisonous to humans. I recently read the label on a widely used product. If one has to wear gloves and a mask to apply it to the plants, you shouldn't be eating those plants!
Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM). Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones. One of the consequences of this practice are vegetables which look all the same and are usually tasteless. Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.
Your own organic vegetables will be much more tasty. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavour will show fully.
Organic farming is friendly to the environment. Because you won't use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.
When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet. Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to create a friendly and better place for us all.
In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have. Additives, fertilisers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food. To better care for your health, and that of your family, grow your own organic vegetables!