During the last decades there has been
a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides,
synthetic fertilizers 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 most recent one).
The World Health Organization produces
reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes
involved, are actually a threat for 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. There are some
reasons for doing your own organic gardening:
- 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.
- There will be no pesticides or
synthetic fertilizers used. These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless
plagues or weather conditions, and affect the quality of the vegetables. Besides, pesticides are usually
poisonous to humans.
- 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.
- Eating your own organic vegetables
will be much healthier for you. They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and
they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket. Your health will not be at
risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.
- Your own organic vegetables will
be much tastier. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, 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. As you can guess, additives,
fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food. To better care for your health,
grown your own organic vegetables -and a few pots is all you need.