Updated: Jan 22, 2018
Organic to many, means either: Non-Genetically Modified seeds, Grown on Organic soil, Grown without pesticides/herbicides, Grown without chemicals and fertilizers, or Grown in natural light. But to us, Organic means all of that!
We are currently sourcing non-genetically modified seeds and plants for our projects. The reason we are choosing non-genetically modified is because we want to be able to trace our seeds back to their original breeds. It's hard to think about how something can mimic a grape, except it has no seeds - so where does it originate from?
Is it good for us? And what about seedless oranges.. when will children learn what a 'real', 'organic' grape look like? They are much bigger. They are like plum-sized.
We want organic seeds to teach the community how to grow from seed. After all, where else do we start from?
Why should we grow on organic soil?
Where the plants get their nutrients from should be of a good source, because, as they say 'you are what you eat'. If the plants we grow, and the produce that we eat are taking nutrients from the soil which is contaminated, then we are consequently eating contaminated food. They will not have the full amount of vitamins which they could have, so how will we?
Using organic soil which has not had any chemicals in for our 20 years, and has been naturally composted with animal manure and worms are left to do what nature intended them to do, we have more of a chance of eating foods full of vitamins. Vitamins that nature intended them to have, to which nature intended us to have.
Is it possible to grow without pesticides and herbicides?
Pesticides are chemicals made in labs to help keep the pests in our gardens down. So why shouldn't we use them?
A) They kill the good 'pests' as well as bad 'pests'.
B) They disrupt the food chain. They kill the fruit flies, so aphids can't eat, so there's no natural decomposing that worms can turn back into rich vitamin filled soils.
C) They get absorbed into our foods and if it's a poison to other living creatures, who are we to know the detriments to a human being's health if we are eating it all day long in all different types of food varieties.
Who monitors the amount that the foods absorb, and on an average, how much toxins we are ingesting per meal? Per day?
So of course, it is possible to grow without these chemical products. How did farmers do it before? They let nature take care of itself. We became an age of greed and we felt the need to not share a gap of lettuce with caterpillars anymore. The same caterpillars who turn into butterflies which help to pollinate our fields, our flowers.
Why do we use fertilizers?
We have become such consumers that supermarkets now overstock on fruits and vegetables. We want strawberries all year around. We want tomatoes everyday. So fertilizers were made to keep up with our greed. To speed up the process of growing foods, to make them bigger and brighter looking. But with lack of vitamins, minerals. So in the end, we still end up feeling hungry. We still crave to eat because our bodies are telling us that we are lacking these nutrients. We become prone to illnesses, our immune systems are weaker. I read statistics whilst doing some research last night, and it said that the UK alone throws away 15 million tonnes of food a year! WHY?!
Will growing in natural light really make a difference?
We, as humans, need Vitamin D. This naturally comes from the sun. Once our produce have absorbed this from the sun, it passes on to us when we eat. So therefore, we should always use natural light. After all, where does all of the waste go?