Time for organic food to become the norm

Bruce Hart from Plum Organics Papamoa.

For more than 200,000 years, modern humans have been feeding themselves nature's bounty. Around 10,000 years ago we invented farming.

And ever since farmers became obsessed with finding ways to improve their crop production, including tillage, pest control, crop rotation, composting, nutrient management – manure, fertilizers, and water management – irrigation.

Modern farmers are able to produce food in quantities that our great-great-great-great grand-farmers would find unbelievable. In the approximately 10,000 years that we have raised domesticated animals for food, we have also made significant advances in production methods.

Countries that have adopted modern food production food shortage is no longer a problem. Our relative food surplus has given rise to a whole host of new metabolic problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Where did we go wrong? Quantity rather than the quality of food is the cause of our current problems –our focus on calories instead of nutrients, our never-ending desire for overly processed food, our demand for oversized, steroid-laden and perfect-looking produce.

Back in the day, our great-great-great-great grandparents ate nothing but organic food. They ate foods that were in season in their area. They ate grass-fed steaks and chickens that weren't fed other chickens in their GMO chicken feed.

They drank more water and less juice, fizzy and Frappuccino. And they looked good doing it. Perhaps they looked a little serious, but they still looked better than their 21st century cousins.

Maybe it's time that organic (aka real) food became the norm and food loaded with chemicals became the aberration.

Come and see us at Plum Organics and join the food revolution!

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