Lesson One: Do you know what Green Lifestyle, Organic Agriculture and Organic mean?
Green Lifestyle or Living Green has become a way of life for over 100 million people at the end of this century's first decade. They have a set of environmental goals and concerns toward their health, food, water, activities, purchases, energy consumption and environment. These goals and concerns guide the way they live. Have you reviewed your list of goals, your concerns? If not for you, perhaps for your children's children?
Organic Agriculture and Organic have several guidelines and rules. For land to be classified as organic, at least three years must go by for all chemical pesticides and fertilizers to leach out of the soil. According to the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), organic agriculture is "an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people."
Using the word ORGANIC is based upon the law that defines the word. Supermakets have seen organic products increase in sales by 18% between 2008 and 2010. HOWEVER, also for sale are products with labels stating ECO FRIENDLY or ALL NATURAL which means some organic steps are used in producing the food, but there is no guarantee. For example, some synthetic chemicals may have been used in the animals feed or production.
One additional note on the word Organic. While this term signifies no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, the word also stands for the way any food stuff are grown, processed, distributed and sold. Sold means no plastic wrappers with BPAs. Alas, that is another blog.
Tomorrow I have meetings all day, so I will write part two on Speaking Greenish Thursday. The terms will be Recycling and Gray Water. Take care one and all.
Bill Lauto, GTG