Connecting Back to Organic

26 Jul

We have a beautiful organic garden that is carefully tended in our Canada ashram as part of a project called “Deepening roots”.
Gurudev visited the gardens yesterday. organic farming can give such fantastic yields. it is time to educate ourselves and make the switch from GM foods.

I was recently reading about the impact of genetically modified food on our health and the research is alarming. Prabhakar Ji was explaining it in very simple terms saying, “When one tries to introduce a gene from a frog or fish into a tomato and give it to people without testing the long term effects, warning bells should be ringing loud and clear.”

environmental sustainability

I strongly feel we should increase our awareness about it.

GM crops are supposed to help the farmers, but end up making them more dependant on the MNC’s producing the seeds for them.

While children and babies consuming GM foods ( several ready baby foods etc) are attaining physical maturity faster, research has show that cattle fed on the feed made from BT Cotton seed became sterile. This impact could possibly be felt in people consuming their dairy products over a period of time.

Besides the problems of new food allergies in humans who eat GM foods, the potential downside is that organisms in the ecosystem could be harmed. By removing one pest that feeds on the crop, you could be removing a food source for an animal. Sometimes GM crops have proven toxic to an organism in the environment, leading to reduced numbers or even extinction of that organism.

37 million bees lost their lives in Canada after a large GMO crop planting. Being the most important food pollinators, scientists were forced to research and identify the cause which eventually turned to be the increased use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. They play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the ongoing demise of honeybee colonies.
Nearly a third of the world’s food crops are pollinated by bees. Apples, mangoes, coffee, cucumber, cabbage, watermelon, flax, sunflower are all examples of foods we would not have without bees!

It is really time for us to wake up and bring a drastic change in our lifestyle and food habits. We have to consciously move towards organic food and actively educate and support our farmers to make a u-turn and return to natural chemical-free healthy farming methodologies. When we are aware, and the demand for organic food increases, the market will naturally encourage farmers to produce using organic methods. Let us do this in the interest of our own health, our families and to protect our environment from large scale depletion.

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