We are all faced with this challenging dilemma; finding the optimal balance between the need to contain the virus by limiting direct social-contact, protecting our means of livelihood and ensuring that basic needs are met of which food is paramount.
While there have been many concerns raised from various quarters, as to the apparent food crisis brought about by the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, we need to be more deliberate about not just providing food as farmers and agro-allied players. We must also make the health of our people of great importance because we are all final consumers in this instance and should be conscious of what we eat going forward.
The modern or industrial farming practices aim at enhancing production and farm output by all means necessary. For example, the notion of producing more cereals, more meat and bigger fruits through genetic modifications and use of growth hormones, have become widespread because they are seen to solve some of our food insecurity concerns. The effects are not yet visible, but in the long-term, the consequences are sensitivity to allergens and a major reduction in immune system strength.
By eating organic foods, the risks of decline in immune system strength are significantly reduced because organic foods are not altered at all. Furthermore, organic foods have higher vitamin and mineral contents that help to strengthen the human immune system.
Organic food is not produced or processed by the use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers; it does not contain any elements of toxic compounds and will not affect human health in harmful ways.
Besides, healthy foodstuff simply means healthy people because of the positive effects of antioxidants.
When we consume the non-organic food products, we indirectly consume the antibiotics, growth hormones and vaccines which weaken immune systems thereby making us unable to defend ourselves against diseases. The benefit of organic foods is that their production processes do not involve the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, animal by-products, or vaccines.
This might result in a physical reduction in the size of produce like mango for example. Nonetheless, it is more nutritious, and often with stronger, more natural tastes and characteristics. Some testimonies have claimed organic tomatoes to contain less water, bringing out more of its natural flavours. Organic okra is also said to be slimier or “draw” better, which is a desirable characteristic when making soup. Considering the slime is soluble fibre.
As much as pesticides have the power of keeping certain pests away from the crops, they also have potent chemicals. Organophosphorus, for example, is found in chemical insecticides, herbicides, etc. and is associated with various developmental disorders such as ADHD and autism in children. Cancers, digestive dysfunctions, headaches, birth defects, weakened immune system are also diseases resulting from it. Organic food products, however, offer a better healthy living, especially for children who are potentially affected by the pesticide toxins during their developmental ages.
Consider this as a wakeup call. We are in a time when eating natural/organic foods should be the new normal for the greater good and Attuh farms is more than willing to partner and collaborate with as many who would rather eat their foods as medicine as against taking medicines as food; check back on this platform for tips on where to start from on the quest to eat healthily. We also extend this invitation to those that share in this sentiment of growing healthy wealth.