I hear skeptics say, ‘What’s the big deal if I garden organically or not?’
I then ask if the pesticide they’re spraying make their meals tastier. They stop and give me a very funny look, and it hits them!
They’ve just realized every toxic chemical they’ve depended on to keep their garden pest free has ended up on their plate! Worse yet, in their Ohana’s body!
In an instant most make a decision to switch to organic gardening and are extremely curious about the benefits.
What Are Some Of The benefits Of Organic Gardening vs Traditional Gardening?
By gardening organically, the dependence on chemicals is removed and the a’ina begins to create beneficial microbes that attract natural protecting insects.
By eliminating chemicals used in regular gardening, your vegetables will be healthier because they will get the nutrients by natural means. Organic fruits and vegetables deliver between 20 and 40 percent more antioxidants than conventional fruits and vegetables.
Unlike traditional gardening, in organic gardening there are no potentially harmful toxins entering your body and the environment.
Your soil will be healthier because the microbes naturally present that enrich and create healthy nutrient dense soil that won’t be killed off, but will multiply.
Lastly, it is much more environmentally friendly, and helps slow down the devastating effects of soil errosion and climate change.
The Problem With Modern Gardening Products
The biggest problem, with using modern gardening products, is the toxicity of the man-made chemicals. The gardening products industrially created such as fertilizers, pesticides, etc. were found to have contaminated the health of humans and the health of the environment.
Toxic man-made chemicals are responsible for the reduction of the Earth’s ozone layer, and they also have been successfully linked to serious health problems, including cancer, in humans in 2019.
Many ask, how could that happen when the EPA and FDA approved their use?
The process of approval is a mystery to the average consumer. These chemicals seep into the ground and poison water supplies, gardens, your home, and as mentioned, your health. Yet they were approved safe for human and animal use, clearly when they were not.
In 2019, Edwin Hardeman was the first cancer patient to successfully take Monsanto to federal trial over Roundup and win. Across the country, more than 11,000 plaintiffs are suing Monsanto, saying Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.cnn.com
When you use modern gardening products;
The toxic chemicals are transferred to you and your clothing. Obviously, these toxic chemicals could then be transferred to your keiki or significant other.
If you plant vegetables non-organically, toxic chemicals will be absorbed by your vegetables; and in turn, will be ingested by you and your Ohana. In fact, one common ailment which affects avid gardeners is contact dermatitis from pesticide poisoning.
Lastly, the chemicals used never just go away, they will evaporate into the atmosphere and return in the form of contaminated rain and/or snow contributing to climate change issues.
What Differences You Will Make When You Garden Organically
By gardening organically, you can eliminate getting dermatitis of the hands.
You’ll help prevent the poisoning of groundwater and critters who drink it, and prevent adding further toxins to the soil.
You can eliminate the concern for destroying the environment,
But more importantly, you can eliminate the concern for you and your Ohana’s health and well-being.
By making a decision today to change from traditional gardening to organic gardening, you are making it your kuleana to revert the damage done in not only your personal space, but the world.
Mahalo and E komo mai to the world of Organic gardening!