The Organic Revolution
There truly is an organic revolution happening at the moment in the UK. Consumers across the Country are insisting on buying organic food: meat fish, fruit and vegetables, and a range of other products ranging from sanitary towels to paint. People are changing their lifestyles to one that is wholly, or in part, Organic. It can also be said that society is turning back to a time when most things were organically or naturally produced, without the aid of artificial additives – sweeteners, preservatives, chemicals, and fertilizers.
Caring for Ourselves: Health
The main reason that most people say they are buying and eating organic produce is for personal health. There have been many scientific findings, as well as a lot of rumours and scare stories, that food grown with the aid of chemicals does affect our health. From the human immune system, to our bones and our blood, there is evidence to show that in some cases people can have their health damaged by the presence of chemicals in the food we eat and the liquids we drink.
Organic food is all about preserving and nurturing health. By ensuring that the land that the food is grown in is at its optimum natural state, without additions to the condition of the soil, the plant can be grown in optimum conditions and it can grow well, without being forced. Taste is also an issue. The Soil Association, the UK’s main Organic Standards Certifier and NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) dedicated to promoting organic foods and farming methods, found that many consumers find that organic food tastes better than non-organic food. Stripped off all the additives, an organically grown apple or marrow (to name just two examples) actually tastes pure, and has the smells and textures we associate in our minds with that of the fruit or vegetable we as consumers are eating.
Also, the conscientious British public increasingly deems food grown or raised organically, safer. Food scandals over recent years, as well as concern over health, sugar intake and fats in food, have contributed to the rising level of interest in organic foods.
Caring for the Planet: Environment
Because organic farming is not harmful to the natural world and the environment, wildlife can flourish on organic farms. As well as flora and fauna, land farmed organically has a true sense of unspoilt nature to it. Buying organic products contributes to the well being of the environment, as these products will not harm it, and the natural world has not been harmed during the production of them.p
An Organic Lifestyle: Slowly but Surely
The best way to test out whether an organic lifestyle suits an individual is to start sourcing food and products and trying them. At the same time, find materials and resources that detail the differences between organic and non-organic, and talk to people who feel passionate that organics are important and worthwhile investing in and supporting.
No-one should expect that ridding their houses, fridges and cupboards of non-organic foods and other products overnight, and replacing them with organic products will result in immediate good health, or even a pristine local, national or international environment. Buying organic and fair trade bananas will not solve the world’s looming problem with climate change. But supporting and becoming involved in the UK’s organic revolution will slowly increase the spread of knowledge about the greater potential of organic products, and will mean that the revolution continues, and continues to improve the quality of the Nation’s soil, wildlife, economy and human health, slowly but surely.