Thoughts on the Meaning of Life… Todd Helmkamp

Going Organic

Posted by Vogeler on December 16, 2006

I’m into organic stuff. Food, products, you name it. There is a slight problem, however. I can’t afford it. Organic stuff is expensive because of how it’s produced, and there is still (unfortunately) only a limited market for it. However, many people that want to eat organic foods form cooperatives with their friends. These cooperatives allow people to buy in bulk and divide the cost, thus allowing them to purchase organic foods.

I would like to start an organic cooperative. If anyone is interested, let me know and we can set up a meeting to discuss terms and stuff. If you’re not convinced, here are some reasons why you should use organic products.

10 Good Reasons To Go Organic


Organic products meet stringent standards

Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

Organic food tastes great!

It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

Organic production reduces health risks

Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

Organic farms respect our water resources

The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

Organic farmers build healthy soil

Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

Organic farmers work in harmony with nature

Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

Organic producers are leaders in innovative research

Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

Organic producers strive to preserve diversity

The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy

USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

Organic abundance – Foods and non-foods alike!

Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

(from, the website of the Organic Trade Association)

If you want more info, you can also go here:

A word of caution: many of the “big names” in food production are now trying to tap into the growing organic market by producing a limited number of organic foods under new labels. But, they are still producing their regular products at the same time. Do a little research, and don’t support the big names that are still destroying our world with their regular lines of products. Some good companies to look at:

There are tons of other reputable companies out there, too. And, many states have websites for farms that use sustainable agriculture practices, with links to places to buy fresh local produce.

Sure, it may cost a little bit more, but isn’t it worth skipping that extra cup of Starbuck’s to know that you’re helping yourself and your family to be healthier? Isn’t it worth skipping McDonald’s for lunch to help local family farmers stay in business? Isn’t it worth not buying that one extra Christmas present to help make our world a cleaner and safer place to live?


6 Responses to “Going Organic”

  1. Carma said

    Why don’t you grow your own garden? I don’t know where you live, or if that’s possible, but that it what I am going to do this spring. Our house has a huge lot, and a garden plot already in the making. I’ve fertilized it this winter, and dumped some mulched up leaves on it. I plan to grow things like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, corn, etc. If you know how it’s grown, than you can control what you put into and on your garden.

  2. @Carma: I’d love to. Unfortunately, we live in an apartment. 😦

  3. nathan said

    I would be interested in a coop. Do we get to all move in together and call it a commune, too? that would be really sweet.

    the health risks thing is the big reason for me. there is too much chemicals in food–it can’t be good for us!

  4. Carma said

    Yeah, living in an apartment would make it difficult. Too bad we don’t live in Europe and own a garden plot outside of town, that would be cool.

  5. Grandpa said

    I haven’t changed to organic as I am still doing good at 73 on regular food

  6. pattiT said

    @todd, just found the link to your blog so i’m a bit late in getting into this discussion. sarah & jake lived where you do(griswold right?) & she had a mini garden on her balcony. they were on the 2nd floor. she grew mostly flowers but you could grow a tomato , green pepper, onions, even cucumbers if you had a mini trellis in the planter. luke would have fun if you let him help plant & water his own mini garden. also, you could barter with someone who had land to let you plant a plot. there are several in the church who live in rural areas who you can ask. the worst they can say is no. you plant, water, weed & then share the produce with the owner of the land. everyone wins. hmmm would that be kind of like a co-op? just a thought! by the way, i have very particular thoughts on this subject but no time to get into them today. maybe another time.

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