Support Organic – Episode #079

(adj.)  Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter. Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin. Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals.

(n)  A substance, especially a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.


I had the opportunity to learn so much while volunteering at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Community Farm in Raleigh, NC.  It was an eye-opening experience for me and I’m sure you could benefit by volunteering at an organic farm in your area.

My 5 favorite reasons to support organic agriculture:

1.  Food Tastes Better, has a Truer Flavor and is Better for you.

2.  Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes

3.  Eating with a Sense of Place.  You’re supporting a global organic economy.

4.  It celebrates the culture of agriculture, which speaks a universal language.

5.  It reduces the toxic load of chemicals in the air, weather, soil, and in our bodies.

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Important information I learned while volunteering:

In 2009 North Carolina was ranked 11th in the US for childhood obesity at 18.6%.

In 2010 North Carolina had the 10th highest rate of adult obesity at 29.4%.

There are direct correlations linking education, low income, and high rates of obesity.

The percentage of North Carolina adults who are overweight or obese is higher in communities of color:
-75%  African Americans
-69%  Native Americans
-64%  Latino Americans
-62%  Caucasians

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