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Organic- is it really true?! Today I am going to talk about a topic that is controversial to some, but I consider it quite important to talk about. Are you saying to yourself, oh oh, she’s going to get on her soap box again?!  You are right.  I am.  I believe that a lot of our health related problems are because of what we eat.  So I want to talk to you about organic foods.  Because I wanted to get comprehensive information, I contacted my friend Dan Kremer at E.A.T. Foods for Life out of Yorkshire, OH.

Here is what Dan had to say about organic:

 Organic means “all of its parts working together” The main difference between organic and non-organic is the amount of biological life in the soil. Our Creator has a plan that includes billions and billions of microorganisms in the soil that are responsible for bringing valuable nutrients to the roots of a plant causing its growth in a perfectly nutrient-balanced system. When toxic chemicals like organophosphates (herbicides) and artificial fertilizers (anhydrous ammonia- Anyhdrous ammonia is produced by the refinement of natural gas, in other words a byproduct from the production of natural gas) are poured on the soil, it kills the beneficial microbes in the soil which ultimately weakens the immunity of the plant which makes it vulnerable to being consumed by unbeneficial life (insects and destructive microbes). The chemical companies then invite the farmer to use yet more life-destroying chemicals like pesticides to remedy this problem. This becomes a vicious cycle of applying cancer-causing materials that kill life in the soil and the life of man. Microbes are like free livestock from the Lord, and what farmer would purposely kill off his own livestock?

An alternative is to build up the life in the soil via a four year crop rotation along with cover crops used as green manure which builds the organic matter in the soil. This organic matter acts as both a home and food for beneficial life in the soil that strengthens the plant’s immune system. This system has worked very well on our farm. Using chemical energies often displace other valuable nutrients that the soil has to offer the plant but never get a chance to contribute.

The mission and vocation of a farmer, or any person who chooses to produce food, is to bring forth nutritious, safe, life giving food for all, anything short of this goal is not God’s Will.

Some say that organic food is expensive; we say that it simply reflects the true cost of producing a safe food product as our ancestors once did. Chemical agriculture might be more efficient (output over input) but it is definitely not more effective (safe and nutritious). In Darke county the average soybean yield is 32 bushel per acre, our farm average is 40 bushels per acre, so we don’t buy the argument that “ organic will not feed the world” The truth is it can and will feed the world because God is the source of the energy behind it!

 To determine whether a food item is organic, you must look at package labels and watch for signs in the supermarket.  Along with the national organic standards, USDA developed strict labeling rules to help consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy.  The USDA Organic seal also tells you that a product is at least 95 percent organic.
 Does natural mean organic? No. Natural and organic are not interchangeable.  Other truthful claims, such as free-range, hormone-free, and natural, can still appear on food labels.  However, don't confuse these terms with "organic."  Only food labeled "organic" has been certified as meeting USDA organic standards.

On produce labels- 5 digit numbers that begin with 9 are organically grown

To learn more about the availability of organic and naturally grown products in western Ohio and eastern Indiana, contact me: and I will get you that information.




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