The Farmer or the Doctor?
This month (and every day) we are putting the spotlight on the value of living an organic life. Little Hen Naturopath Emilie Segal dives into why we need to learn to value the additional monetary cost we pay for organics given the future of our kids, the environment, our health and quality of life.
“ I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic.” Anthony Bourdain.
This is a topic I am very passionate about. As a naturopath my main goal is to prevent disease in the body and for the future generations to come.
How do we attain disease? Well it’s quite simple - from either toxicity or deficiency.
If you’re not getting your vitamins and minerals in their natural synergistic state it’s inevitable that over time your body will become deficient. Deficiency leads to imbalance and imbalance, if not corrected, eventually leads to disease.
The vitamins and minerals in our food supply are dependent on the quality of our soils. Unfortunately industrial farming involves planting crops over and over again in the same soil. This is made possible only by the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Chemical fertilizers grow plants but do nothing to sustain the soil. The fillers do not promote life or soil health. Long-term use of chemical fertilizers change the soil pH, upset beneficial microbial ecosystems and result in damage to the soil and eventually to the people who consume the food from that soil.
Pesticides are toxins and unfortunately they can harm more than just the “pests” at which they are targeted. Continuous exposure, even at low levels, can cause very serious illnesses over time. Studies show that long term pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease; asthma; depression and anxiety; cancer, including leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
By not eating organic eventually we become as toxic laden and depleted as our food supply. Pretty scary stuff!
My thoughts on organic affordability?
Well I heard someone once say – “In the long run you are either going to be paying the farmer or the hospital. You choose?”