Saturday, March 6, 2010

When is organic food truly organic? (3)

If growing a crop naturally is still not enough to
define an organic crop,
what criterion else is needed?

-- another criterion to ensure a crop being organic
is to abide with harmony.

This is the philosophical core of organic agriculture.

Being natural is not enough.
If a natural agriculture does not harmonise with
the people, animal and environment,
it defeats the ultimate purpose of organic farming.

This 6th criterion is actually the "blanket clause"
to cover all the 'loop holes' that Criterion 5 (plus 4 sub-criteria)
technically fails to cover,
and also to align with the spirit of organic farming.

To harmonise with people, animal and environment
means to cause no harm to people, animal and environment
and to support the survival/sustainability of people, animal and environment.

Anything we do with our food,
as long as
it harms people (e.g. spraying herbicides),
it harms animals (e.g. spraying pesticides),
it harms the environment (e.g. upset the eco-system),
it's drifted away from the spirit of organic living.

This brings up the myths of organic meat.

Slaughtering, fundamentally does not adhere to the principle of
mutual harmony between
human (acidic food) and
animals (suffering and killing) and
environment (pollution).
Even tho' the animal is fed with purely organic feed,
the meat should not be considered as organic food.

Another perspective is that,
because meat is an inefficient manner to feed population on Earth,
hence not sustainable,
meat is totally out of the organic scene.

Organic living is more than just free from chemical, really.

Well regards,
Kee Yew


{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}

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