Organics meaning organic food and products and adopting an organic lifestyle, is just one part of the way that philosophers and activists have devised and recommended over several decades to heal the ills inherent within human society, and the negative effect humans have been having on the environment.
No one can deny that wars around the world, as well as killing a lot of people, devastate the land and environment – look at recent images of pipelines in Iraq spewing oil and pollution into the atmosphere.
Al Gore recently was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to alert the world to the imminent dangers posed by climate change: we are seeing the early effects of this cycle of planetary heating already, with flooding in the UK now an annual occurrence. Hurricanes are regularly beating the southern coast of the US, and memories of the South Asian Tsunami remain fresh in our minds.
What Are The Solutions?
There are no easy answers to any of the problems that face human society at the end of the 21st century. The phrases, ‘treading lightly on the earth’ and ‘going green’ are slogans for efforts to reduce human impact upon the planet, and perhaps by default have less of a negative impact upon ourselves. Attempting to work towards a sense of sustainable development as a human society is the answer, for all our sakes.
It is now imperative that all of human society, particularly the over-developed Western world, cuts down on the amount of energy and fossil fuels we use and spew out everyday without thinking of the impact.
Some potential solutions to these problems include finding alternative forms of energy, including solar energy and bio-diesels, to meet the impending fuel shortage with vision and ingenuity.
Other choices include investing more in recycling the things we already have – from packaging and materials and resources in general. This will help our society become more resourceful, wasting less of the precious natural resources – water, wood, earth – that we have been up to now.
How Do Organics Fit In?
The ethos of organic farming is all about not harming the earth. In fact, the opposite happens: organic agriculture nourishes the soil with organic fertilisers and rotating crops to allow the soil to regenerate itself – believing that the soil is a living organism, which nurtures plants as they grow. By not constantly spreading and spraying pesticides, fungicides and all manner of chemicals both on the growing plants and the nurturing earth, organic agriculture strives to maintain the good of the soil at its peak.
By educating about the health and environmental benefits of organic farming and production, the organic movement strives to spread these ideas through society, with practical examples and beneficial effort.
Ultimately, everyone plays their own part, however large or small, in the fate of human society and the earth we live upon. How the earth is nurtured, and also ourselves – through the choices we make: the fuel we use, the products we buy, and the food we eat – really is in our own hands. We are all links in the chain.