Food is an essential part of human existence. It is the energy that you use to thrive and to grow. So what happens when the food you eat is no longer the food that your body knows?
The food you eat on a daily basis most likely came from the grocery store. Food is readily available whenever you need or it because of the huge number of fast food restaurants that can deliver your cravings within the span of one hour. But are you still getting the same amount of nutrition in your food as you would have in the past?
The way that food is being cultivated and grown has changed mostly because of the increase in demand. Our ancestors used to cultivate only what they needed and went hunting when they have run out of food. Nowadays, industries have found a way of making food readily available all year round with the use of synthetic and chemical fertilizers for fruits and vegetables, and growth hormones for the livestock. Not only do they harm the environment, they also affect the quality of the food you eat. Now, not only are you consuming high calorie food items, you are also not getting the correct nutritional value of the food.
People have been cultivating their food to make them more palatable and nutritious since they have come to terms with agriculture and what it can do to their food supply. The idea that people have been unconsciously creating GMO produce was due to the fact that farmers have been grafting their produce to make better fruits and vegetables hence, they have been genetically modified in the manner of speaking.
However, grafting is very different from GMO products because it does not change the genes of the plants that they fuse together. Grafted crops are created to make them more viable for farming, more delicious, and even look aesthetically better. It’s an ancient tradition that has the intention of improving the produce without disrespecting their inherent differences and in fact keeping them wholly intact.
On the other hand, GMOs usually create the new seed in a laboratory where they can be manipulated using techniques that are not natural in the sense that you would not want to be exposed to it if you had the option. They introduce a variety of virus and bacteria to parts of the seed that they would like to mutate in order to force it to merge with another seed whose genes contain their desired outcome. It is essentially a manipulation of the produce at the very core of their existence.
Because of the increase in demand, or probably more of a desire to have an increase in sales, livestock has not been able to escape the commercialization of the food industry. Growth hormones and antibiotics have been routine in farming because it increases yield and reduces the chances of the animals getting sick hence minimizing losses for the farm.
How does the unnecessary use of growth hormones and antibiotics affect our food? For starters, it allows industrial farms to keep animals in tightly enclosed spaces without having to fear that there might be an outbreak of disease in the pens. The possibility of abusing the animals by way of treating them inhumanely are becoming the norm because they no longer have to worry about keeping the animals in safe and healthy conditions.
It also allows them to continually impregnate the female livestock to create more milk, more eggs, more meat. But aside from the inhumane treatment that animals go through because of the advent of growth enhancers and antibiotics, the quality of the meat is also significantly reduced. Meat has become less lean because the animals no longer get to move around. Not only that, it is a disaster waiting to happen because it can cause drug resistance both in the animals and humans.
Choosing to buy organic food means you get more out of your money because you get the full nutritional benefits of your food. There have been numerous research which have been conducted to show that there is as much as 50% more nutritional content in organic food compared to its non organic counterpart. It also means that you get avoid the high amount of toxins that are attached to your produce because of the pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and antibiotics used to create your food.
Going organic also means that you are able to make full use of the farming season. Organic food may be known for being on the pricier side of the scale but buying food that are in season not only gives you better produce quality, they are also relatively cheaper as well. Since organic food do not last as long as their non-organic counterparts do, you are assured of fresh and high quality food each time.
The best part? Studies have shown that organic food taste better and leaves you feeling fuller. Probably because they are not forced into being something they naturally cannot be and they retain their nutritional integrity, but organic food makes you feel better after consuming them. Your body is an amazing machine that can detect when it has had enough of what it needs. The sense of fulfillment you get when you consume organic food is vastly different from when you eat non-organic food.
To know if your food is organic, make sure to check the labels. Organic food needs to have a seal of approval that notes that it is, in fact, organic. It is also important to read labels to make sure that a product or a produce that you buy is truly organic because there are a variety of ways that the term organic can be used as a marketing ploy.
If you intend on leading a healthier lifestyle, one of the best ways to make sure you get to your pinnacle of success is to go for organic produce. Which is something that we at Lark Ellen Farm feel incredibly committed to. We not only support your desire to lead a healthier lifestyle, we support a holistic way of farming and food production.
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