Regenerative Organic Agriculture
I had to post this as a phrase, or term, I want embedded in my mind. For almost a decade words, phrases, and acronyms like “organic”, “all-natural”, “GMO”, “BPA”, “rBGH”, “certified”, “soy lecithin”, “cow’s milk protein”, “high-fructose corn syrup”, along with additives, preservatives, and other words I can’t pronounce have tumbled around in my mind over many a shopping experience. While easier to avoid at local farmer’s markets, not so much at many regional grocers.
Following my experience with milk allergies, and a complete change in career path, everything in my inner-being continues to push me down the path of holistic health. And while I dream away the idea of a hobby farm raising my own cows, sheep, alpaca, and organic garden, the term “regenerative organic agriculture” just came full circle for me today while researching the Rodale Institute website.
It came full circle because as I’ve been considering work as a Holistic Health Practitioner, I’ve been reading “Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc. This term, “regenerative organic agriculture”, brought to mind the chapters regarding the lack of nutrients in our foods given the depletion of the minerals in our soil. This book goes on to discuss how, even if you are eating a well-rounded diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, you may not find your health significantly improved.
A number of factors contribute to the decline in nutrients. Modern chemical farming with artificial fertilizers, harvesting before ripening, shipping, along with storage and cooking all have an impact on the nutrients available once the food hits our plates. But like so many issues facing our world today, we are quick to apply a band-aid to the problem as opposed to working at the root source of the problem.
Especially when it comes to disease, in general.
While this is simply a quick post to remind myself, and cement this concept in my mind, I can’t help but think C.S. Lewis sums up the band-aid issue rather well in his quote from Mere Christianity where he states: “There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. […] it is pretty plain to see that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.”