Many people don’t understand what’s happening in food and agriculture industry today because it is never shared on the news. This is because the “news” is entertainment–it’s not real news.
Some of you reading this know what is happening. Some of you may know some things. Some of you may know nothing.
The other day I was with family and asked if the tomatoes were organic as I was putting them in my mouth. Somehow I knew they weren’t so I spit them out right away. Despite my mother saying yes I think so, I went over to the fruit bowl and saw that the numbers on the stickers on the tomatoes started with a 4 not a 9. They were NOT organic.
My aunt made a comment, “Oh my god.” and rolled her eyes. She then stated, “I’ve been eating not organic food my whole life and I’m fine.” In that moment, I realized she doesn’t know what’s been happening in agriculture industry. Indeed, probably more than 10-20 or so years ago all food was organic, but this is not so today. So I began to share with you what I will share with you.
Organic essentially means grown without any pesticides, chemical or modifications to the food or plant. Compost is used to replenish the soil in a natural way free of fertilizers. Essentially organic farming is allowing the growing process to happen in the most natural way possible–allowing nature to take its course.
About 10-20 years ago, I’m sure with good intentions to feed the growing population on the planet, genetically modified foods were introduced as a way for crops to grow faster and bigger with less worry about pests and other insects and animals eating them. So they altered the DNA of crops so they would grow “better.”
It seemed like a great idea at the time but there wasn’t enough testing. Plus, whenever we modify something, it can have an effect. So they allowed food to be genetically modified and people started eating it. They didn’t inform anyone about it.
At the same time cancer and infertility rates have been on the rise since then. Many studies on GMOs show that they can cause cancer, infertility and digestive issues. GMO crops also deplete the soil of nutrients much quicker and they aren’t always successfully replenished even using chemical based fertilizers. That said, the food becomes less nutritious over time, sometimes ruining the soil altogether. That said, many farmers have committed suicide because GMO crops have ruined their farms.
Just recently there has been a movement thanks to activists that allow food to be labeled non-GMO because GMO is so prevalent and the companies don’t want consumers to know about it. Unfortunately, it’s more common to find genetically modified foods and pesticide coated food on the shelves than organic.
Most people think that only food needs to be organic, but the skin is the largest organ of the body and very porous. The skin loves to absorb things that touch it. Many fabrics these days are synthetic made from various chemicals and even from plastic. Cotton is a crop. It’s a beautiful plant and the cotton is harvested and weaved into the fabrics that we wear. Wouldn’t it also be important to be mindful about what touches our skin?
This was one of the inspirations for creating Ravela with organic cotton. To support natural farming and organic methods to produce crops. And also to be whole-istically healthy in mind, body and spirit. We love our soft organic fabrics and we are sure you will too.
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