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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.

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