Hello my lovelies! We are celebrating Organic September, Clean Living and Clean Beauty this month. Clean Living is the ‘buzz word’ of the moment – so I thought I should write about it.
Clean Living is very similar to Organic eating with the exception of cutting out gluten (more about this later!). Essentially it’s about eating fresh, natural food from your farmers market, eating products that are in season. In fact eating the way our Grandparents used to before the advent of ‘chemical farming’. Sorry! when I say ‘our’ grandparents (I am ancient) – I mean those born in the early 20th century! They didn’t have to worry about probiotics, a healthy gut etc. It all came naturally from their food and lifestyles.
Likewise Clean Beauty is all about using products that are chemical free, additive free and free of all synthetics.
The good news:
Denmark is on the way to becoming a totally organic Country!
Apparently the Danish are the ‘happiest and most contented people in Europe’.
The Danish government is working in multiple ways to convert the entire country’s agriculture into organic and sustainable farming. Last year, they released an ambitious, 67-point plan to double organic farming, and to serve more organic food in the nation’s public institutions by 2020.
Could we get just one COUNTY in the UK to do this?
The bad news:
The EU is on course to “ban” use of 40 chemicals by 2020 to reduce environmental damage, but the UK government, the Conservatives and the NFU all opposed the new rules, saying they could hit yields and increase food prices. This is something – but it is not soon enough!
Not only does this show a blatant lack of concern for the health of the British nation and the environment, it also shows they can’t do their sums.
WE, the little man can do something about this! Lobby our local MP’s, government, the NFU, Defra etc etc. Do social networking! It’s amazing what can be achieved these days and how much we can all make our voices heard.
The good news:
John Lewis-Stempel an environmentalist and organic farmer HAS done his sums and his research. Way back in 2000 one of the biggest agricultural experiments ever conducted took place. (All reported in’ Nature’ magazine at the time). In trials in Herefordshire wheat grown with manure has produced higher yields for the past 150 years than wheat grown with artificial nutrients. John himself grew and milled his own non-GM non-chemical wheat and saved £30 a ton.
The bad news:
Children are particularly at risk to the effects of pesticides because their developing organ systems are more vulnerable, and less able to detoxify toxic chemicals. A groundbreaking study published in 1998 in Environmental Health Perspectives discovered children exposed to pesticides in an agricultural area of Mexico suffered developmental effects, such as impaired stamina, memory, and drawing ability, as well as other problems.
Pesticides also wreak havoc on the environment. Pesticide drift affects non-farming communities with poisons that are odourless and invisible. And synthetic fertiliser drifting downstream is the main cause of dead zones in delicate ocean environments, such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, which is larger than New Jersey.
So these things have been know for years! Why of why has nothing been done about it?
The good news:
Organic foods are more nutritious and taste better.
Not only is the production of organic food better for human health and the environment, but science is proving organic food to be more nutritious as well.
A study published by The Organic Center revealed organic food to have significant health benefits over conventional foods: they are higher in antioxidants and are more anti-inflammatory. Other studies prove organic produce to also be lower in nitrates.
Researchers also found organic berries to be consistently more flavourful and sweeter.
- Organic foods help achieve biodiversity and soil fertility
For achieving biodiversity and reforestation, organic is the way to go. Visit an organic farm, and you see thriving, diverse habitats, with beneficial insects, indigenous animals, and native plants.
Wheat and gluten allergies:
We can’t make ‘Corn Dollies anymore. Modern harvesting eliminated the sheaves from which these were fashioned. You can’t make corn dollies from wheat mangled through a combine. Also the wheat is totally different now!
Modern wheat is making people sick. More and more people are going “gluten-free” to fix long-standing digestion issues and they feel better. Yet, it is also very clear that there is more to this than gluten. For instance, we get many people telling us how they can’t eat gluten so they eat spelt or Kamut. Yet both these ancient grains have gluten.
We have mutant seeds, grown in synthetic soil, bathed in chemicals. They’re deconstructed, pulverized to fine dust, bleached and chemically treated to create a barren industrial filler that no other creature on the planet will eat. And we wonder why it might be making us sick?
So let’s reject the profound genetic changes in modern wheat, in favour of traditional species our bodies recognise. Let’s reject the chemical fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides of modern industrial farming in favour of organic farming and clean seed.
Let’s reject industrial white flour, in all it’s phoney incarnations. Let’s go back to simple stone-ground flour, milled FRESH with all the nourishment of the living seed intact. The way the pigs, birds, butterflies and the bugs like it.