Organics bind together the sphere of life cycles of Man and Nature. It is much more than just useful and high-quality products. Organic farming is a whole production system that contributes to the preservation of the state of the soil, ecosystems and human health.
Organic means not just products without chemicals and GMOs; organic is a special philosophy. Such production must be natural in everything: it implies taking care of nature, people and the world at all stages. Organic products are grown and manufactured without the use of GMOs and their derivatives:
- they do not contain artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, thickeners or stabilizers;
- they are produced without the use of harmful technologies;
- they are grown without using chemically synthesized fertilizers and other agrochemistry.
The use of antibiotics, growth stimulants and hormones is prohibited in organic animal husbandry.
While there are no international rules for the production of organic products each country or association of countries, such as the EU, has its own rules which products must comply with, in order to receive a certificate and be called organic. However, these rules are very similar and coincide by 90-95%.
Environmental organizations admit that of the 320 pesticides permitted for use in agronomy, at least 66 are suspected carcinogens. Pesticides are a "time bomb". Over the decades of use, these chemicals have been accumulated in the soil, plants, and the sources of water. Animal husbandry also suffers: the cattle feed on the treated plants and, in addition, receive injections of growth hormones and antibiotics. As a result, all the "chemistry" is “embedded” in the tissues of animals. The facts are obvious - we risk getting significant doses of pesticides daily. It is alarming that many of these chemicals are biological poisons, and in the human body they slowly, progressively destroy cells and organs.
Doctors say that more than half of the harmful substances get into the body of a modern person with food: we eat herbicides and pesticides along with milk, meat, and bread. Gradually accumulating, these substances contribute to the development of many diseases, most often causing allergies and cancers.
Chemicals and preservatives, once in the human body, do not lose their properties. They continue to preserve, only not the products, but our internal organs, which destroys bacteria, including the useful ones and can even cause genetic mutations. The only way out for people who care about their health is to use organic products. The usage of organic vegetables alone (even if the other products remained the same) is able to heal the body by 20-40%, therapists say.
Not to mention cosmetics! We can’t imagine our life today without numerous cosmetic products. However, nearly all of them contain sodium lauryl sulfate - an ingredient originally used to clean auto engines. It allows your shampoo to foam greatly, but the effect on the scalp is extremely negative: it dries and irritates the skin.
Creams contain industrial glycerin or propylene glycol, which over dries the skin. Most anti-wrinkle creams contain elastin and animal collagen. The structure of these components is not similar to elastin and human collagen, which leaves them on the surface of the skin, so they do not rejuvenate the skin, but only clog pores.
Organic cosmetics in contrast to cosmetics "from the usual store" contains only natural ingredients grown in environmentally friendly places, without the use of "chemistry". Only plant extracts, fruits, natural essential oils, minerals, and wax are used in the production of organic cosmetics.
But how can such cosmetics be preserved and not deteriorate without artificial preservatives in it? The answer is simple enough: natural preservatives such as honey, essential oils, grain alcohol, or special hermetic packaging do not allow the ingredients of natural origin to spoil.
That is why we can call organic the philosophy of life. It plays a dual role in society: on the one hand, organic matter meets the needs of consumers who wish to be healthier; on the other hand, it provides an opportunity to produce consumer goods, while making a significant contribution to environmental protection and animal welfare.
Statistical results show an optimistic tendency globally, as well. According to the Global Organic Survey organic farmland increased by 7.5 million hectares or 15 % this year. 5 million additional hectares were reported from Australia. However, many other countries, such as China, Uruguay, India, and Italy contributed to the global growth. There has been an increase in organic agricultural land in all regions.
The point is to understand what kind of life we want to live. What standard of living is acceptable for you personally? What is the price of your health and well-being? We cannot separate ourselves from the world around us. We are a part of the world of Nature.
This only proves that organic is not a tribute to fashion, but a natural process in the cycle of life itself.
“Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.” Michael Pollan
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