Never doubt for a minute that a small group of committed, thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
How was your weekend? I hope your weather was as nice as it was here in New York. It was so sunny and amazing out!
On Saturday we took a big trip to the farmer’s market in Union Square to get some greens (we get produce there about 3 times a week) and stock up on more plants and flowers! Do you have access to a farmer’s market? I know that hundreds of communities do now, which is such a great thing.
Over this weekend in particular, I began to think about the importance of organic farming again. I am so grateful for organic farmers- they provide an amazing service to humanity by providing the highest quality produce that protects our soil and our nourishes our planet. Organic produce has around 88% more nutrition than commercially-grown produce, including the beauty minerals (zinc, selenium, iron, etc.) that we rely on to have beautiful skin and luscious hair. Organic farming practices are grown in harmony with the earth, so that the soil can remain living with beneficial bacteria in an ecosystem that rotates crops and does not deplete the minerals from the soil.
Just like I say with skincare, it is just as important what is NOT in our produce and food as what it is comprised of. If we are not eating organic produce, guess what??? We are continually exposed to pesticides. The scary truth about these pesticides, is that a congressional report in the 80’s estimated that 85% of registered pesticides had not been adequately tested for their ability to cause cancer, 70% for their ability to cause birth defects, and 93% for their possibility to cause genetic mutations. These toxins are harming our biological makeup and polluting our blood and therefore our skin, and can therefore contribute to accelerating the aging process. Everyone wants to talk about detoxing these days, which is great! Since we’re starting to realize that toxins make us fatter and look older, to put it bluntly. But again, if we don’t look at the root cause of the problem and keep going on constantly piling up toxin levels in our bodies, what good is it to detox just once in a while?! A major source of pulling the plug on constantly bringing toxins into our body is to choose organic produce.
Pesticides are neurotoxins, which are designed to specifically attack the brain and the rest of the nervous system in biological, living beings. WE are biological, living beings! So though our nervous systems are more complex than insects and it may take longer for us to be poisoned, it still happens. Besides the fact that these toxins could initiate cancer, other subtle effects on the brain and nervous system include reduced mental functioning, poor concentration, decreased mental clarity, and hyperactivity. Children, whose brain and nervous systems are still developing, are particularly susceptible to these neurotoxins. Is it a wonder that over 10 million children in the US today are diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Ritalin? Childhood cancer and many other diseases have skyrocketed in the last few decades. People are getting sicker, our ecosystems and the earth is suffering, all because a few people in the chemical business can materially profit. And by the way, errrrr…. it’s not even actually working! There are at least 500 new strains of insects which have mutated to be unaffected by the pesticides. So they keep trying to spray more and more toxic chemicals into the soil and crops, which of course go into the food supply, and the little buggers are just too smart for them. So sad isn’t it??
We really have to vote with our food choices. If we keep choosing more and more organic food, then it will become cheaper. And we should be pressuring with our demands, for places like Costco to carry more organic produce. I know it is a tough economy right now, but for our health, we should choose to purchase as much organic produce as we can afford. Perhaps if we shift our perspective a little to think about how much healthier, more mineralizing and beautifying it is for our planet to consume organic food, we could make some different choices. For instance, I love picking out my food directly and talking to the farmers at the farmer’s market who are growing my food. It is pretty inexpensive there… I can get a huge bag of cilantro for $1.50 and a bag of spinach for $3.00. It makes me so eager to go home and make a delicious, enormous salad, that I have no desire whatsoever to eat at a restaurant. I SO much more prefer my food. Then if I want to do something social and see friends (which is a big reason for eating out I know), then we can meet up to grab a takeout tea and sit in the park. So I don’t spend money on eating at restaurants…and so even though I’m buying organic, if we make intelligent choices as to our sourcing of food and how we spend our money on other activities we do NOT have to be way out of pocket.
As we give ourselves better food, the practice organic farming grows, which is so much more beneficial for the planet! Isn’t it amazing that when we truly take care of ourselves, we naturally live a “green” lifestyle in many ways.
So I hope you will try to get yourself more organic, local greens. Give yourself the very best! And when you are picking out your own produce from these beautiful markets, you will be so inspired by your food that you will not want as much crappy junk food snacks either, and that is beautiful too!
I’m leaving for LA on Tuesday so I’ll write to you from there. Have an inspiring start to the week!
All my love,