Organic Food Products

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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The human body requires key vitamins and minerals in order to live. Some of these nutrients are produced automatically by the body, but the majority of them are required to be consumed through our diet. Simple enough, right?

Unfortunately, this simple concept is much more challenging than it was even a decade ago. Contemporary farming techniques have essentially raped the soil of its essential nutrients. This has happened due to several factors. First, the need for speed in the production and turnover of crops means nutrients are constantly being pulled from the soil, with no opportunity for natural replenishment. Crops are planted, and pulled, with more planted on their heels.

Depleted Soil Results in Depleted Foods, and Depleted Bodies

Because the soil never has an opportunity to replenish itself, it thus has less nutrients to give to each resulting crop of fruits and vegetables. Further, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, typically sprayed in great quantities on commercial farms, kill essential nutrients along with the bugs. The result is a cycle of nutritional depletion, with each generation of crops being less and less rich in vitamins and minerals. This weakened soil affects not only the essential health of the food, but also it's flavor, texture, aroma and color. Anemic soil produces anemic foods.

Fortunately, there is an alternative. Organic farming techniques plant and harvest their crops according to seasonal guidelines of nature. The soil never becomes over-used, because it enjoys periods of rest. Instead of chemical and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic compounds are used. The results, when seen, smelled, held and tasted are palpable. Organic foods must cost more, because they can't be made in the same quantities, nor as rapidly as standard commercial offerings. But for those who can afford to pay the difference, the value is immense. In exchange for a few dollars more, one receives foods that are pure, full of the nutrients nature intended, free of chemicals which could damage either the earth or the person eating them, and packed to the gills with their flavor and aromatic potential.

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