Organics: Choosing a
Healthier World for Everyone
- Organics: Choosing a Healthier World for Everyone
- by Patricia Dines
- Share Guide, July/Aug. 1998, page 80
(c) Patricia Dines, 1998. All rights reserved.
- "It is better to light one candle than curse the
- Every day we make choices about what we buy and eat -- choices
that can significantly impact the health and vitality of
ourselves, the people we love, and the interwoven, interdependent
ecosystems of our precious, alive planet.
- Because of decades of hard work by organic farmers and their
supporters, we consumers are now blessed with an option to the
depleted mainstream food supply so often grown with toxic
materials on sterilized land.
- We now have access instead to a wide variety of luscious
organic foods, grown without toxic pesticides or fertilizers, in
soil that's been nurtured by farmers working with, not against,
nature's self-balancing ecosystems.
- With these organic foods, we can deeply nourish our bodies and
our minds, empower all the activities and goals of our lives --
and enjoy really delicious food! And we can nurture and honor the
well-being of our communities and our environment as well,
supporting healthy conditions and helping prevent the predictable
(and costly) health and environmental crises that toxics bring.
Cornell entomologist David Pimentel estimates that pesticides
conservatively cost the United States $8 billion a year
through indirect costs, including harm to human health, animals,
crops, pollinators, natural pest enemies, and our
- When we buy organic, we vote with our dollars for a future
where this harm isn't being done, where our food is grown without
poisoning farmers, workers, neighbors, and the environment. How
joyful to have that choice!
- And consumers all over the world are demonstrating with their
food purchases just how strongly committed they are to that
vision. The U. S. organic market has grown at least 20% a year for
the past seven years, and is one of the fastest growing segments
of the food market. And when the USDA recently proposed national
organic standards that violated the very essence of organic
principles, 290,000 people wrote and told the USDA that they
wanted true organics -- the highest response the USDA has ever
received for a proposed rule (the last record was 25,000!).
Because of our strong and clear commitment, the USDA has said they
will drastically revise and re-propose these national organic
- And nowhere is farmer and consumer commitment to organics more
evident than in our own backyard, Northern California. For it
turns out that we have here one of the largest and most diverse
organic areas of the United States. Local organics are available
to us in a wide variety of places and forms -- through farms,
farmer's markets, restaurants, wineries, breweries, health food
stores, caterers, nurseries, and more.
- I was reminded last summer just how special this area is when
I traveled elsewhere and had to work hard to find the organic
foods we get so easily here. There's nothing like being away to
appreciate coming home!
- From this experience and my commitment to support the gift of
organic agriculture, I decided to gather our wonderful local
organic resources into one handy reference guide, making them easy
for both visitors and locals to find and enjoy. This resulted in
the release this April of the first guide of its kind -- "The
Organic Traveler's Guide to the Wine Country." Pocket-sized,
well-organized, and full of information, it makes exploring local
organics a breeze!
- And when I think about how this Guide is nurturing both those
seeking and those offering organic food, wine, and more, I see the
vision of a less-toxic world one step closer, and I smile.
- How wonderful that creating a better world can be so much fun
- Patricia Dines is President of Community Action
Publications (CAP), which distributes information about toxics and
their alternatives to support constructive action towards a
healthier, less-toxic world. For more information on the Guide or
CAP, call (707) 829-2999.
This entire website is (c) Patricia
Dines, 1998-2007. All rights reserved.
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