Organic Gardening – Is it Really Worth It?

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I have noticed in the past few years a huge interest in organic gardening. I wondered the other day what motivates me spending at least an hour each day loving my garden. Well, here’s my answer.

Working with soil and seeing seeds sprout and then watching red bell peppers grow is simply fun. I also love connecting with the earth. Getting my hands dirty with soil and compost makes me realize that I am part of a bigger picture, and I love the feeling of giving back.

With the dire state of Big Agriculture these days, I feel that organic gardening is my response to a system that cares only about money. And they care NOTHING about my health, your health, or your baby’s health. We have only about 10 -15 years before our soil is completely deleted of any life-giving microbes.

Until that happens, our processed food will keep getting more expensive each year, as farm production goes down. You can only add just so much chemical fertilizer, insecticides, Roundup, and GMO seeds before Mother Earth revolts and says “NO MORE.”

One question many people have is “What really does Organic Gardening mean?” I searched for what I consider a clear and precise definition. It starts with the health of the soil.

Principles of organic gardening and farming

  • Principles of Organic Agriculture
    • The Principle of Health – “Organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal and human as one and indivisible.”
    • The Principle of Ecology – “Organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.”
    • The Principle of Fairness – “Organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.”
    • The Principle of Care – “Organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well being of current and future generations and the environment”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_organic_gardening_and_farming

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Organic Gardening – Is it Really Worth It?

  1. Great Article Stephen – I’m a big believer in Organic Gardening myself. What’s your take on grass-fed beef vs commercial beef?

  2. Thanks Bill! That’s a great question.

    I do my best these days to only buy and eat grass-fed beef. There’s a farmers market every Saturday where I live in Western Michigan, and I have developed some friendships with local beef, chicken and pork providers.

    I ask a lot of questions, and am finding out that more and more providers are good people and want the best not only for their customers, but also for their animals.

    One farmer I buy my beef from offers a 1/4 side of beef, which is around 200 pounds. His price last year was $4.25 per pound, which was quite a bit cheaper than beef in my local grocery stores.

    Most people don’t stop and think about what’s in commercial beef. It all depends on what the cattle eat. GMO’s! Yes, 70 to 80% of all the GMO soy and corn is fed to stock animals, like cattle.

    So commercial beef is laden with glyphosate, from Monsanto’s Roundup. The farmers buy GMO corn, because they can spray the hell out out of it to kill weeds, but it won’t kill the corn. WOW! Neat stuff!

    But now the corn is saturated with Roundup, and the World Health Organization has said, that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is cancer causing.

    So Bill, do yourself and your family a favor and try your best to buy good pasture raised beef.
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