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Going organic: The Benefits for You and Your KidsWhy the natural way is the healthy way.by Ana Gonzales .
Back in the old times, farming took no other form but organic.
Contamination of food is the least of people’s worries; synthetic chemicals were unnecessary and even unthinkable. Organic agriculture was the ‘only way’ for old-school farmers.
Today, organic has become the alternative, not the conventional. But with the remarkable increase in organic farming in recent years, organic farmers are developing new and improved earth-friendly ways to increase fields. What is organic and why is it so important for our children?
According to the Organic Consumers Association, it was the call for a more industrialized agriculture brought about by the Second World War that greatly maneuvered the movement towards automated farming. The proliferation of the so-called “factory farms” dictated the widespread use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and a host of other chemicals to make the foods produced look, smell, and taste “better”.
M.PA. R.N.D Maribel Jane Galang, Health and Wellness Department Educator of the Manila Adventist Hospital explains, “When we say organic, these are foods grown without fertilizer, using only healthy, rich soil to produce crops that resist pests and diseases naturally.
Organic farming bars the use of toxic and chemicals.” These foods are produced through innovative practices and may be fresh or processed without artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Furthermore, organic foods are an excellent source of good minerals, essential amino acids, and vitamins.
Weighing the pros and cons
Promoting a no-synthetic and no-artificial input, organic foods have lesser risks in our diet than having intensively-farmed produce. “Commercialized food contains high-fat, high-calorie, and high-cholesterol nutrients.
People who have these kinds of food in their regular diet are more prone to degenerative diseases like hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart diseases. Eating organic food lessens or even eliminates the risk,” Galang reiterates. Babies have yet to develop strong system; thus, they need the purest and safest food. “Choosing to feed our children organically protects them from a lifetime of health risks,” says Galang.
Moreover, the poisonous chemicals added in Genetically Modified (GM) foods cannot be easily removed, even with thorough rinsing. Imagine the risk of serving your children toxins! Organic foods are also substantially different from conventionally-grown produce in terms of taste. Supporting organic is not only for your own good, but also for the welfare of your family, the farmers, and our nature and wildlife.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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