We have poisoned our soil, our water and our children. Chemical farming has damaged our earth and our livelihood. The shift from organic farming to chemical farming was fueled by fear and money. While the transition from organic to chemical is easy, it’s difficult to reverse.
Maria Rodale has written and excellent, clear and emotionally charged manifesto explaining the history of chemical farming, proclaiming the evils of chemical corporations and backing it up with evidence of how chemicals are damaging. After reading this book, I am now more convinced than ever that it is important to eat organic as much as possible.
There are many benefits to organic farming, gardening and living organically. If chemical farming could be reduced to a minimum level the climate crises would immediately reduce significantly. Consider not just the chemicals applied to fields, but the fuel it takes for those chemicals to be applied with as well as the fuel used to deliver the chemical to the farmers. Without chemicals, soil condition would improve and regain it’s nutrients and ability to absorb water. Organic farming would reduce chemicals, reduce fuel use, and reduce water use.
Personal health is another benefit. Rodale highlights studies that have discovered that farming chemicals make it to our dinner tables – and that is a very scary thought. Various farming chemicals have been linked to cancer, miscarriages, diabetes, autism and many other major health conditions. If paying more for my food is an option to keep me and my family healthy, then it’s a fair trade off.
Organic farming is a more economical method of farming when compared to chemical farming. The only way that chemical produce costs less than organic is farm subsidies from the government. Organic farms do not benefit nearly as much from government programs. Chemical companies have an unfair hold over chemical farmers from seeds to store.
Rodale’s manifesto reads like propaganda, because it is. She is passionate about the organic way of life and has lived it all of hers. Her father founded the Rodale Institute, where they study benefits of organically grown produce and do control tests of chemical vs organic soil. I found the Organic Manifesto a very informative, clearly written, and passionately delivered read. I recommend it to anyone who would like more insight on the organic way of life.