200,000 years of eating Organic!
Most people don't realize that humanity used to eat organic food and use only 100% organic products for at least 200,000 years! Anatomically modern humans homo sapiens sapiens (that's us) have been in existence for around 200,000 years and for most of this time, until recently, toxic and synthetic farming practices did not exist. There was no need to label food "organic" because all food and other consumer products were organic, since synthetic production was not in existence. Today most food is no longer organic, as a result of synthetic and toxic farming practices in the name of profit and monopolization of the food supply. However, destroying the whole planet, the health of the people, and other forms of life is simply unacceptable.
What is Organic food?
Organic, also known as biologic or biologically clean food in other countries is food that's been grown and processed in harmony with Nature without the use of harmful chemicals, genetic engineering (Genetically Modified Organism aka GMO, GM, GE), irradiation, and other unnatural practices that hurt not just the environment, but health of the people, and other forms of life. Different government agencies might use different criteria to certify something as "organic," however, at the core of what is "organic" is the notion that it's in complete harmony with Nature and occurrs naturally in Nature, as opposed to something being synthesized by a person.
Non-natural and non-organic farming was introduced only recently during the 20th century in order to increase corporate profits by reducing costs of production with toxic chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, industrial solvents, and monopolization of the food supply via patents on genetically modified seeds and other proprietery technologies.
Previously no entity could patent seeds since all seeds were originally created by Nature and, thus part of public domain. Now securing a patent is possible by artificially manipulating the DNA of the seed or any life form, thus securing exclusive rights to use that seed or animal commercially with the unacceptable potential of monopolizing the entire global food supply.
Artificial manipulation of farming and the food supply (that was organic from the beginning of time) quickly reached global mainstream levels. As a result, it became necessary to make a distinction between regular food and "organic food."
The Ironic Outcome
It's ironic how now we label food that was always organic from the beginning of time "certified organic" instead of labeling non-organic food (that was only recently introduced "non-organic." Currently there is a big debate that GMO foods should be labeled, but the corporations don't want to because they don't want the people to know that it's genetically modified. The safest way to avoid GMO is to grow your own organic food and buy organic products since they may not contain GMO.
Another issue is the fact that there still is a large number of people who are unaware of this and so they think that organic food is some kind of diet or marketing trick, but more and more people are becoming aware and it's just a matter of time.
It is also ironic how corporations are allowed to label something "natural" even though it may be GMO or grown using unnatural practices. Indeed, this practice is deceptive and should be illegal!
Why Hawaii? What's the issue?
Hawaii is the global capital for testing new non-organic genetically modified (GM) crops and non-organic farming practices due to Hawaii's favorable climate and fertile soil. Hawaii has only a small fraction of certified organic farms compared to non-organic farms. Most non-organic farmland is being leased by Kamehameha Schools to such infamous corporations as Monsanto (manufacturer of chemical weapons during the Vietnam War known as Agent Orange), DuPont, and the like. By doing so, Kamehameha Schools betrays not only the Hawaiian people, the land, and the environment, but their own values.
Prior to the arrival of modern non-sustainable, non-biodegradable, non-organic technology people used to live in complete harmony with nature not only in Hawaii, but in the rest of the world. Prior to the arrival of non-organic food corporations all food was organic in Hawaii, just like in the rest of the world.
The official state motto of Hawaii is: "The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness."
Living in harmony with nature is a significant part of Righteousness. Our planet has given life to us. It is our Mother. It is our righteous duty to take care of it and not poison it with non-organic, non-biodegradable, non-sustainable practices. When we poison our planet we poison ourselves and our future generations. First, the quality of our life decreases. Then, life itself perishes. Indeed, the motto is universal and applicable not just to Hawaii, but to the whole world.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step."
If you are new to the organic lifestyle you can start by:
1. Supporting your local organic farmers market or produce department
2. Bringing your own reusable bag when shopping
3. Eliminating non-organic products in your life
4. Telling others about the importance of an organic lifestyle
5. Growing your own organic food
6. Supporting companies that provide organic products
7. Participating in community events that favor organic ideals and laws
Conclusion: Righteous Change
We must start living righteously in harmony with nature and ourselves. We must eliminate anything that isn't consistent with living in harmony with nature and ourselves - for when we lose righteousness we lose the life of the land, we lose ourselves.
Photo: Kauai, Hawaii