Scott: If somebody starts or wants to start eating better. Getting more fruits and vegetables, what's the difference between, in terms of nurtiton level between organic and non organic. And why should someone, I know you're big on organic...
Robert Scott Bell: Right.
Scott: Why should somebody go that route instead of the other?
Bell: Well remember, if its not in the soil, it's not in the food. If it's in the soil, it's in the food. Alright? Think about conventional agriculture, where they destroy the very life sustaining parts of it that provide the nutrients for the food. They throw the chemical fertilizers on it, the chemical pesticides on it, you kill the earthworms, you destroy a lot of the microflora. These things are designed to digest those coarse nutrients and make them bioavailble for the plant. Just like we need bioavailable nutrients in our gut to digest and absorb. So you replace that with conventional agriculture, why it's called conventional... it's crazy. But in this case you damage the plants that grow in it, you have to add more and more chemicals, you basically crowd out the nutrients. The nutrients have no way to be there anymore. Maybe the macronutrients, or vitamins, but a lot of those are put in pelletized form and they're imbalanced and they create imbalances in the plants. So growing organic, whether its certified or not is about the health of the soil. Making available that which the plant needs for its healthy sustinance and life, and then those who consume those plants, whether they be human, animal or otherwise, then have access to the food as we've been designed to eat it and digest it and assimilate it and benefit from it.
So organic is more than just whether its certified or not. Whether you're growing it in back, you don't need certification to grow it organically, there are other forms of this. We're going to see a lot of that because, sometimes its cost prohibitive for a small family to get the certification. And they may not be, but find out. Go to the farmer's markets, talk to them, find out from people who know. Are they growing it with those methods, even if they're not organic, you're better off than only going for a certified form of it. And of course certified organic coming in from other countries, we've got other problems in that regard. We have to find ways to go local again. Inevitably the economy is going to force us to do that, but I say start now, don't wait for the disaster or catastrophe to do so.
Robert Scott Bell discusses the differences between organic and non organic food. If you have a choice, he suggests reasons why you should pick organic, from nutrition differences to the differences in the soil the plants are grown in.
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