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Plants have emotions too: my personal feelings regarding organics and the FSA report

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August 1st, 2009 Posted 9:14 pm

Those of you in the UK, especially those who I work with, would have heard of the recent report commissioned by the Food Standards Agency, claiming that “there are no important differences in the nutrition content, or any additional health benefits, of organic food when compared with conventionally produced food.”

Of course, the media backlash has very validly pointed out that the report was limited only to comparing the nutritional content of the food, completely ignoring any comparison in pesticide levels and also ignoring the environmental benefits and sustainability that organic farming epitomises. I mean, really… if you had two apples in front of you, one of which was grown on an organic farm the way nature intended, and the other one of which was (and I quote) “sprayed up to 16 times with 30 different chemicals” and grown on land with residual pesticides immersed within the soil, it doesn’t take a fool to work out which one would be better for you! I’m not criticising the methods of conventional farming (as I understand there is still need for it at this stage of the world’s evolution); I’m merely pointing out that the organic method is unquestionably more wholesome to the Earth and to your body.

But we all know that, and that’s not really what I came here to talk about…

I feel really strongly about this issue for another reason, and it’s not one I’ve talked about much yet, as it’s more of a personal / intuitive / spiritual logic that I live by, with little scientific substantiation to back me up. But I do feel the need to talk about it now and share my beliefs, especially following the FSA report.

As some of you are probably aware, over the past few years I have developed a keen interest and belief in the yin-yang, the chi, the karmic cycle, the life force, the universal energy, the process of creation – whatever you would like to call it. I try to apply these beliefs to my own life, sometimes successfully, other times not so much, but the gist of it is that if I think positively and emanate positive energy, then I will reap the benefits with a positive life, whereas if I think negatively and emanate negative energy, then life becomes a living hell. And I’ve had enough experiences matching up with this approach to know that it is a true belief for me. I guess there are a lot of people who live by these ideals too, however for me it’s definitely more of a spiritual thing as opposed to a psychological Dr. Phil kinda thing.

But what has this got to do with organic food? Well, similarly to my own life, I also apply these beliefs to food, both in animal form and plant form.

Just think back to the last time you saw one of those overcrowded battery hen farms on TV, where the chickens live in those horrible little cages, injected with hormones, fed with additives, mass-slaughtered after six weeks without ever having seen the light of day and then shipped off to KFC to be flavoured with those eleven secret herbs & spices for the pleasure of your palate. I’m not trying to sit on a high horse by stating this, because I eat KFC myself every now and then, but it’s blatantly obvious that by tucking into such a meal, you consume the hormones and god knows how many other preservatives, chemicals and artificial flavourings that have been pumped into the meat. However, in addition to the consumption of physical ingredients, I also believe that you consume the fear, the emotional sickness, the betrayal, the pain, the worthlessness, the utter negativity and therefore the low vibrational “universal energy” that the chicken experienced throughout its short and meaningless lifetime.

On the other hand, let’s picture a chicken raised on a free range / organic farm where it has plenty of room to move and socialise, access to fresh air, grassed areas to peck and graze, fed organically (or at least free from additives), and slaughtered on the farm with classical music playing in the background after a happy 12 week life. By dining on such a drumstick, not only would your body benefit from the lack of hormones and additives in the meat, but I also believe you would consume the freedom, the satisfaction, the positivity and the HIGH vibrational universal energy that the chicken experienced throughout its life; a life of which is a damn lot closer to its natural elements that that of its battery-farmed counterpart.

Similarly with animals, I also believe this can be applied to plant life. In my view, plants that are conventionally farmed and sprayed with chemicals, not to mention genetically modified plants, have a lower energy than those of plants which have been grown organically.

Imagine for a second actually being a plant on an organic farm – try and put yourself into their consciousness. How happy would you feel? If I were an organic plant, I would be so grateful that my farmer had given me the opportunity to flourish the way nature originally wanted me to, gaining my nutrients from nothing more than the sun, water, environmentally-friendly compost or green manure, using pest control that doesn’t negatively affect the health of the ecosystem in any way, and with a healthy soil structure thanks to the rotations of past crops – who I must say have also left happiness in the soil for me to devour and expand upon because of the positive way in which they were treated.

And if I were an organic biodynamic plant… then I’d be in heaven on earth! Not only would my farmer reflect the qualities offered to a normal organic plant, but he would also show the care and consideration of planting me in accordance with the harmonic cycles of Mother Earth, he would feed me herbal and mineral supplements, and he would consider me an integral part of the entire farming process, in addition to the weather that shines upon me, the animals that share my habitation, the soil I grow from, and the Earth herself as a whole. In the end I would be harvested with love and attention, and the person who consumes me would also consume the positive energy I have been brought up on, which would then ultimately be passed back into the circle for the process to begin again, this time even more powerful than the last. Wow!! The sheer joy I would experience in being an organic biodynamic plant would be enough to change the world. Adding that little bit of positive life force back into the universe is what this is all about.

In the grand scheme of things, this is why I consider myself so lucky to work for the company I work for. Because I know that in my own little way – despite the fact that I’m situated in an office and have no involvement in the production process – I am part of an overall procedure that is helping make the planet just that little bit happier 🙂

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Now I can completely understand if you think I’m a crazy hippie for talking about “consuming positive life force” and especially the “put yourself into the consciousness of a plant” stuff. But I just really felt the need to put forth my feelings after reading what the FSA said. And if you do feel sceptical towards such suggestions then I ask you to do a Google search for the term “primary perception.” Have a read through some of the articles that come up, and even if you still do not hold such a belief, then surely you would at least acknowledge that it’s an interesting hypothesis. Interestingly, I’ve even just discovered that Prince Charles makes use of primary perception techniques.

So to sum up, in my opinion, plants, animals, minerals, humans and the Earth herself all have interweaving emotions, and what we consume is what we become. Remember that we consume not only orally, but also with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our hearts and our souls. Eating organic produce may not make that much of an immediate difference to your life, but if it allows you to bypass the poisons of conventional food, live with the peace of mind knowing that the produce is sustainably sourced, and (in my case anyway) add some positive karmic balance into the cycle of our lives, then surely it accounts for a credible option that we all should seriously consider?

Oh and as for the FSA, well the money you wasted preparing that independent review of yours probably could have fed a poverty-stricken town.

Food Standards Adency: Organic Review

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One Response to “Plants have emotions too: my personal feelings regarding organics and the FSA report”

  1. Rubin Klenk
    5:48 am on May 2nd, 2010

    it is still better to adhere on organic farming because the fruits and vegetables does not contain those harmful chemicals.:’.

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