‘We are what we eat’ is not just a saying. It has been proven that eating organically grown food is several times more beneficial for our health than inorganically grown products. In fact, that is not a tough conclusion to draw in the first place.
What has now become conventional farming includes infusing crops with growth regulators and additives, using genetically modified crops that increase yield and using a lot of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. It is no surprise that when so many unnatural chemicals enter the human body, they do more harm than good. At the least, they bring down the original nutritional value of the food and deprive you of due nutrition.
As a reaction to growing concern regarding the consumption of such food, organic farming has emerged as an excellent alternative. Organic farming involves growing food free from synthetic chemicals and additives, through natural methods in a natural environment.
Organic food thus produced is substantially more nutritious than non-organic food. Research results released in 2014 by a team at the Newcastle University reveal that organically produced crops are about 60% richer in essential antioxidants as compared to non-organically grown crops. These foods are also devoid of harmful metal concentrations like Cadmium that are infused in the crops by long-term use of pesticides, and are toxic.
So, what is it about growing your own food that can help?If consuming organic food is makes you healthy, growing it yourself only adds to that advantage. When you choose where you grow your food, what sort of protective chemicals come in contact with it and are sure that it is free from any harmful substances; you can rest assured that such food is going to enrich you and your family with the best minerals and essential nutrients and will have no side effects. You can effectively keep synthetic chemicals off your table that if consumed, are harbingers for gastrointestinal infections, poor growth rate in children, nerve damage and sometimes, even cancer. When you grow your own food on your own land, you can choose the harvest time. This allows you to have properly ripened food that is more nutritious than that found in stores, which is often picked early.
Conventional farming uses a large amount of chemical fertilisers and pesticides that seep into the earth and destroy the natural chemical balance of the soil. When this soil runs off into nearby water bodies, the quality of the water is marred, polluting marine biodiversity as well. On the other hand, not only is organic food beneficial for those who grow and consume it, it is also eco-friendly. It increases the sustainability of the farming process without harming the earth. When you grow food organically on your own land, you take care that no such harmful chemicals come in contact with it. This preserves the quality of the earth and ensures healthy produce. Organic farming prevents the introduction of harmful chemicals in the environment, thus maintaining the health of the ecosystem.
Easy On The Pocket
When you produce your own food organically, you do not have to pay packaging costs or middlemen’s cuts. The use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers is considerably cut down. All of this naturally brings down the cost of food you use in your household with the added benefit of top quality healthy food. Start your own organic gardening today. It can be a micro farm but it will surely be worth it.