What does one really mean by organic?
Many people have their own idea as to what organic really is and that is partially the reason for this article.
You see, at one time in my life organic foods were grown on an allotment where a person grew their own food. And today, out of a persons so-called wage, is one of the biggest amounts that get spent – is on food. And for some reason beyond my comprehension is the thought that food today should be cheap and yet the skilled baker receives a wage less than an unskilled person digging a ditch.
It takes many thousands of acres to grow our food and our farms are becoming smaller in size to accommodate human growth and immigration. We are manufacturing larger machines to cultivate those smaller farms and still make a profit in light of the ever changing growing climates.
The food industry relies on wildlife to assist in pollination of those crops and yet humans are using bug sprays to kill the very bugs that our food relies upon to become germinated and grow.
So now the scientists and government in their opinionated wisdom decide that they must manipulate the DNA of our foods to grow more; faster, and be bug and weather resistant.
Now we get to what marketers claim to be Organic foods. Just mention organic and the price is higher. Now organic does not mean the food has not been altered by DNA modifications.
In fact all the term means today is that the word “organic” is a marketing term for food that has been grown using less than point 05% chemicals. Not zero chemicals!
My grand father had an allotment back when I was a child. The plot was around sixty foot long and probably 20 foot wide. It was in a place we kids knew as Bide-a-while in Luton, back in England. He never used chemicals other than lime in the winter and horse manure when we could get it in the spring.
Actually we would use grass clippings, rabbit manure, (we grew rabbits for food too), horse manure and vegetable peelings for a compost and his vegetables were enough to feed three or four families.
He did this by rotating the growth of the plants. Year one he might grow cabbage in a certain area, year two maybe potatoes where the cabbage was. In this way no two years had the same potential problem. His rhubarb stalks were so thick one of the stalks were enough to make one pie big enough for six people. His strawberries were truly seasonal and so sweet you would not believe.
His radishes were edible right from the ground and we kids used to pick and eat them that way with a hot flavor as you’ve never encountered from supermarket produce.
He had the usual problems like the weather, but we were lucky to the extent that the river Lea was at one end of the plot, but that was often dried up or just a small trickle because we kids had damned the river further up stream to play in.
We need to stop killing our bees with insecticides and get back to growing foods in our own backyards wherever possible and if it is not possible then we should be allowing people the opportunity to rent a small plot of land for vegetable growth or flowers if that be their pleasure.
Teach our children. As the old fisher tale goes… “Give a person a fish you’ll feed them one meal. Teach a person to fish and you’ll feed them for life”.
The Crusty Baker
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