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Rethink: Organic

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When I picked up “The New Organic Grower” by Eliot Coleman within the first couple of pages and throughout the book, it was purposefully stated that the writer wanted to change the way you think about food growing and consumption. As you would imagine many organic growers have similar ways of thinking and philosophies. And when I read it, it changed the way I thought about growing food, consuming food and the balance of nature all around me. I came to value birds and bees even more now that I could so how important they are to the growth of my own foods through pollination. It is a simple concept we learn as children. But, how much do we value the work they do? How much do we value the role they play in food growth?

For some it is easy to choose organic. For others it takes looking at things in a whole new light. So, maybe on this journey you may come to see some things in a new light. Probably since its inception, science has been imitating nature. In fact Oxford Dictionary defines science as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” 

How much science borrows from nature really stood out to me when I learned how Velcro was invented. George de Mestral observed the burdock seeds in nature and how they stuck to his clothes during walks. From there he invented Velcro. It begs the question whenever I see an invention or namely a chemical: where in nature did they get this one from? Perhaps next time we reach for a food or a medical remedy, we will ask where in nature did this come from? And why not go to the source of nature for my remedy rather than a chemical or invented imitation of the original? Why not take Echinacea from my garden to boost my immune system rather than waiting for the onset of a cold to take cough medicine, whose ingredients I can hardly pronounce and would need a degree in medicine to even identify. What inventions or common remedies do you know the sources of in nature? How has this journey changed the way you think about the foods you eat? How could changing your diet change your health?   As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing! Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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