Our country undertook some extreme advances in agriculture during WWII in an effort to protect our people and economy. During that time, the input-intensive farming methods and tech advancements in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and routine antibiotics for livestock were a few of the ways the government avoided real dangers of food shortages in our country and around to world.
Fortunately, our countries’ philosophy of that time, industrialization of farming being key to survival, was rejected by other farmers of the world. They continued to use agricultural methods that organically sustained their soil integrity, ecological balance and natural sustainability processes. What the rest of the world calls traditional farming as stewards of their family’s land, we call “organic farming“.
While our government regulators are catching up with the rest of the world, we can take our own health and sustainability measures to protect our families and loved ones. Moving to sustainable, healthy and clean lifestyles require taking pro-active steps:
- Adapting the way we shop
- Growing some of our own produce
- Using money saving techniques to afford healthier foods
- Use clean products while using sustainable materials and methods wherever we can.
Key factors in living clean and sustainable lifestyles is controlling what we put inside and outside of our bodies. Here are some standards we can apply to our daily lives to increase our health and manage a clean and sustainable environment.
Changing how we shop for food:
- Buy from farmers markets and fruit stands to save money.
- Some foods test much higher in pesticide residues than others so start by changing those first.
- These foods should be top on the organic list in order of highest pesticides risk:
- Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers,
- Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries,
- Cherries, Pears, Imported Grapes,
- Spinach, Lettuce, Potatoes
- Prioritize your list of organic produce to save money.
- Shop for sales and stock up.
1) If you do not have access to local orchards or farms, purchase in bulk in stores like Sam’s and Costco. Also, set up portable containers to grow your own herbs, lettuce and other produce.
2) Use organically grown, cold-pressed vitamin supplements to be sure you are getting full potency products. Omega III’s, BioSuperfoods like Micro Algae and of course macrobiotic organisms for intestinal health.
3) Environmentally safe and biodegradable products like essential oils for skin and health care, cleansing and household maintenance, keep our living environment safe for children and pets.
4) Use energy efficient LED light bulbs, appliances rated Energy-Star efficient and low water efficiency shower-heads, toilets and sprinkler systems. Also learn about proper use of rain barrels for garden use.
5) Simple steps like walking more, driving less and recycling also add to all-round healthy living.
6) A favorite way to save on heating and air conditioning energy use: plan to bake and roast in the oven to help heat the house, and in hot weather use pre-cooked, frozen homemade meals, and grill outside regularly.
The US Department of Agriculture [USDA], has made strides toward restoration of our soils ecological health using natural methods. The USDA developed National Organic Program and Standards Board Division in 2002 to promote Organic Legislation of: natural plant fertilization, natural pest management, sustainability and soil integrity. Regulations include prohibiting synthetic and petroleum derived pesticides and fertilizers, prohibiting genetic engineering, routine antibiotics, irradiation and sewage sludge. Also prohibiting farm animal feed containing animal bi-products and growth hormones.