why organic?

Echinacea angustifolia, July 2006Rolling Hills Organics, October 2007

The Synergy Company’s focus is on creating pure, potent, organic nutritional supplements that are not only a great value, but also genuinely build a personal foundation for sustainable good health and well-being for their customers. To show that they truly care, they have written the following eloquent description about family farms and the vital role of organics in caring for our health. Visit them at www.thesynergycompany.com.

For a century or so, until the early 20th century, family farms were sprinkled across the rural landscape amongst wild, open spaces and thriving small towns that served the needs of farm families.This warmly appealing image still defines the North American psyche and our vision of ourselves. However, this bucolic landscape has all but disappeared. In an alarmingly short period of time, chemical agriculture, and the factory farms it spawned, has almost obliterated the family farms that nourished our culture and has rendered them into nothing more than a sweet memory. We have all lost something very precious as a result- not only a way of life that defined us, but also a safe and healthy food supply, numerous biological species, undisturbed wildlife and aquatic habitats, clean air and safe drinking water.

Until the 1940s, the form of farming we now call organic was actually the norm.This all changed at the end of World War II when the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers became widespread. Spurred on by promises of greater yields due to less insect damage, farmers eagerly embraced the new technologies.Today, the use of chemicals is so rampant that as many as 16 different chemicals might be applied to a single crop during one growing season!

Have the benefits of pesticide use been worth the risk? Absolutely not! The USDA reports that farmers lost one-third of their crops to insect damage before the introduction of chemical pesticides. Decades of pesticide usage later, they still lose an average of one-third of their crops to insect damage! This is because insects are extremely adaptable. Unlike humans, insects have brief life spans and reproduce prolifically, allowing them to quickly accommodate changes in their external environment through genetic mutations.

We have also inadvertently given certain insects a competitive edge. Agricultural chemicals kill not only the insects that we regard as a nuisance, but also the beneficial insects that eat crop-destroying insects, as well as insect-eating birds and fish. Additionally, they destroy the beneficial bacteria, insects and worms that live in soil. These important organisms keep the soil vibrant and alive and allow strong, healthy plants to grow and flourish. Despite countless promises of higher yields to feed more mouths, more economically, we have inherited compromised soil and weak, unhealthy plants that have poor resistance to insects and diseases.

Weak, nutrient-depleted soils also affect the quality and quantity of the naturally occurring phyto- nutrients in our plants. When plants draw minerals and other nourishment from the soil up through their roots, these nutrients are deposited in the body, fruit and seeds of the plant. Plants use these nutrients to manufacture a valuable array of unique vitamins and phytonutrients. Organic farming methods ensure the optimal production of phytonutrients. Through the use of crop rotation, cover crops, compost and other organic soil amendments, organic farmers are continually revitalizing and enriching their soil. This allows organic farmers to raise plants that are not only healthier themselves, but are also rich in the vital nutrients necessary for our good health.

For all these reasons, organically grown food products are powerfully life affirming. When we choose them, we embrace the value, beauty, safety and regenerative practices of a way of life that successfully nourished the human family for thousands of years, in harmony with the surrounding environment.

In supporting these practices, we provide an opportunity for family farmers to once again thrive and work in an environment that does not directly threaten their health. We help to restore farms and their surrounding environment to thriving ecosystems that nourish dozens of species that cooperatively cohabit with wildlife and natural spaces. We ensure the pristine quality of groundwater, streams, rivers, estuaries and ocean coastal areas thus preserving safe drinking water and habitat for aquatic species. We ensure a food supply that is free of dangerous poisons. And once again, we consume foods and supplements that truly nourish and sustain us.

Organic cultivation is more work, but our health and the survival of vital plant species is worth it.


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