What does this word mean?

Well when I was a child growing up in Italy there was no need to use the word Organic. The farms ware run by the entire family members and the fertilizer used was mostly vegetable compost, and horse and cow manure (compost). Fertilizers, I don’t remember seeing any, probably because ware not used much. Probably everything that grow out their  farm in those days was organic, organic, organic. and this word did not needed to be mentioned, It was automatically organic…

In those days I lived in a city in central Italy and in the summer my family and I would go to visit my grand parents that had a farm. I learned that the smelly “stuff” was then placed next to the grape vine, olive and fruit trees and the various  vegetables. My grand father used to tell me that the “smelly stuff”  was compost manure, would make the plants strong and and make fruit. This was the ways humans had done for thousands  years  in order to grow farm product.

Well time passed I grow up and my grand parents are gone now and I stopped going to the farm. Few years ago I went to a farm. As soon I got out of the car I seen an incredible amount of of filled plastic bags stoked up on one and other and I realize when I got closer that was fertilizer. The smell attacked my throat in such an unpleasant way that I had to move away very quickly. I realized that was not organic fertilizer, bus some kind of petroleum based chemical fertilizer. When I asked the farmer I also found out that this was the only fertilizer that he used in his farm.

Well I don’t want to eat a products that are grown with chemicals and pesticides, so one day I bought a bag of carrots from the local supermarket and a other bag at the natural food store of organic carrots. At home I made my own carrot juice with each bag separately. I had the two glasses of carrot juice and ask the other members of my family to have a sip from each glass and tell me which one they prefer. They all agreed that the organic one was the best of the two.

I only by organic carrots now and any other type of fruit and vegetables that I can find organic, including organic whole grains, organic beans and Organic anything I can put my hands on.

“The macrobiotic way of life recommended by the ancient wise people and practiced widely for physical, mental and spiritual development consists of the following arts; the way of eating, the way of breathing, and the way of daily life. Because a human being is part of his environment, and has evolved through biological development covering more than three billion years on this planet, his physical, mental and spiritual conditions are based upon what he consumes from his natural environment and his food. The way of eating is the most essential factor for his development.”

Michio Kushi, THE BOOK OF DO-IN (ISBN 0-87040-382-6)

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