We have all seen the labels on food products that say “organic” but what does that mean? With food, it means that it was grown without the use of pesticides. But in general, organic living has come to mean a return to a simpler way of life. We probably won’t be giving up our televisions and cell phones, but we can learn to detoxify our lives.
When the notion of organic living first burst on the scene, the talk was mainly about the dangers of pesticides. A biologist named Rachel Carson wrote a book called Silent Spring (1962) that brought to light the dangers of the cumulative effect of pesticides. Pesticide use was high during the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
People have become more concerned about their health. What was it about our parents and grandparents that helped them to live longer? We have so many modern conveniences these days but major health problems still exist. In the search for the key to long life, organic living got its start.
Learn As Much As You Can
Organic living encompasses every facet of our life. Moving away from the smog and smoke of the city to live in the country is an admirable idea. But, buying and eating food that contains preservatives is counterproductive. For one to say that they are “going organic” they must investigate ways to purify their life from every angle.
In order to live organically, one must do their homework. Read all the information that you can about organic and synthetic substances. Synthetic substances are ones that are created to mimic naturally occurring ones. Synthetic substances are cheaper than the real deal. Chemical compounds can become unstable or breakdown into other substances that are not so good for the body.
One Step At A Time
Changing to an organic lifestyle takes time and patience. Each change that is made becomes a habit that can be passed on to your children. They in turn will learn to simplify their lives. Think about your family predecessors. What about their lives is different from ours? Well, they worked sun up to sundown. They had gardens, raised chickens and cows, canned vegetables, made soap or bought from someone who made theirs, and a host of other things.
To live organically is to live from the earth. If we don’t have time to tend to a garden, we can visit farmer’s who do and refrain from using pesticides. We don’t raise chickens in the city, but chicken farmers who want healthier animals give them certain feed so they can raise an organic product.
We don’t have to leave our jobs and return to a log cabin in order to go organic. With a little legwork, we can find the products we need to better our lives. When our bodies adjust to the lack of chemicals we will feel like new people.