This is part two of a 10-part series on how changing ones eating habits may be the most accessible and impactful way to improve the world.
Let’s begin by taking some mystery out of history: The original “organic food” paradigm consisted of ecologically-conscious farms that thrived on the rotation of various plant and animal species. These farms possessed deep respect for the land, water, and air, provided humane treatment to their animals, fair wages and a safe environment to their workers, and distributed their produce only to mouths within the local vicinity. These practices facilitated soil enrichment and natural forms of disease and pest control, prevented contamination of local and distant ecosystems, and reduced packaging and pollution by rejecting long-distance travel.
However, with demand for organic food growing like miles on a trucker’s odometer, much of the United States’ 20 billion dollar industry has been purchased by corporations like Coca-Cola, General Mills, Heinz, and M&M-Mars. With loyalties to royalties rather than to our environment or farm-workers, this transition has created a full circle in the realm of organic foods. (more…)