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  Antioxidants
Posted by: thegreensoul - 11-19-2020, 10:47 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We have all heard about antioxidants. But, do you know why its necessary for the body to have it? Well. Let me explain in a more precise and conscious way.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that can protect the cell and slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells causing ageing and illness. These free radicals are produced when the body breaks down food or reacts to environmental and other pressures.

Antioxidants in organic food

It has been proven that antioxidants play an imperative role in enhancing overall health. Studies have also shown that organically grown crops contain higher levels of antioxidants than those that have been mass-produced. This is due to the fact that plants are more likely to develop natural defenses to diseases in the form of antioxidants, which do not adequately develop, due to the use of pesticides.

Mass production has addressed a lot of the hunger issues of the modern-day, however, because of the health and environmental issues that cloud conventional farming the shift to non-toxic methods of farming will continue to increase.

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  Organic Living benefits the environment
Posted by: magnolia - 11-18-2020, 10:29 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We all know that organic living is good for the environment because it avoids the use of harsh chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides that are harmful to the environment. But, what are its specific benefits? Today I wanted to share with all how your small purchase of organic food can help the environment. 

Soil Fertility

One of the fundamental principles of organic farming is to control soil organic carbon to increase soil fitness. Since the use of artificial fertilizers is prohibited, organic producers boost soil fertility with the aid of incorporating manure or compost into the soil, leading to expanded soil organic carbon.

Water Conservation

Many studies have shown that within a few decades we may face a shortage of water in India and the fact that the runoff from chemicals used in conventional farming goes into our water is a cause for concern. Organic farming helps keep the health of our water supply by preventing runoff as it uses less water for irrigation.

Manage Greenhouse gas Emission

Organic agriculture can help address climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions. There's a direct correlation between nitrous oxide emissions and the quantity of nitrogen fertilizer used on agricultural land.

Because organic farming does now not permit the usage of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, focusing alternatively on setting up closed nutrient cycles, minimizing losses via runoff, volatilization, and emissions, nitrogen levels on organic farms have a tendency to be lesser per hectare than on conventional farms.

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  How to start living organically - Part 1
Posted by: thegreensoul - 11-17-2020, 10:29 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Today I want to give you all a few tips on how you can start living organically. But, instead of giving you all the points in one sitting I thought it would be better to give you one tip per week so you would have a week's time to try and implement this tip into your lifestyle. So here goes:

As people, it is just our nature to always dive headfirst into anything that we want to start. That same thing is true for organic living too, we see, we like and we want it now. That impatience would not work in living organically and must be done in a phased manner, one step at a time. 

Step 1: Start with one food section

Don’t go all in. Start with the foods that you regularly use such as vegetables and fruits. I started it out with vegetables that I use as staples such as onions, potatoes, green chilli and curry leaves and then graduated to the rest. when you start to substitute conventional for organic in a phased manner it won't seem like such a daunting change. 

This way you will be able to understand how much more it may cost and help you budget properly.

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  Why organic food has a shorter shelf life
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 11-16-2020, 12:37 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Organic products are not treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides during their agricultural lifecycle. This lack of chemicals makes them more susceptible to natural elements and bacteria that could cause them to lose their freshness quicker than conventional products. 

Research conducted by Janice Lieberman 10 years back found that organic foods have a shorter shelf life and contain bacteria that cause food to spoil; these bacteria are not harmful to human health. 

Additionally, regulations prevent organic food from being polished or treated with preservatives and may indeed spoil faster than conventional fruits and vegetables.

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  Don't get your farming wrong
Posted by: magnolia - 11-15-2020, 04:34 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Though organic farming and natural farming are very similar in nature and have many of the same farming ideologies they also have their difference. The table below shows the difference between these two methods of farming whose main goal is to preserve the natural environment.

Organic Farming

Organic farming uses organic fertilizers & manures such as compost, vermicompost etc. 
Decomposition is carried out by a variety of organisms living in the soil.
Organic farming requires soil ploughing, tiling, mixing of manure, etc.
Organic farming is more economical than conventional farming

Natural Farming
Natural farming is performed with no external fertilizers being added to the soil.
Decomposition is encouraged by microbes and earthworms.
Natural farming requires no such activities to be performed on the soil
Natural farming is a low-cost farming method, that completely moulds itself with local biodiversity

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  Natural Pesticides
Posted by: thegreensoul - 11-14-2020, 10:49 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Just like conventional farmers organic farmers also have to deal with weeds and insects. But, to tackle these issues they use natural pesticides rather than chemicals to manage pests.
Natural pesticides are pesticides made by organisms normally for their own defense against insects and disease organism or are derived from natural sources such as a mineral or plant.

There are four types of natural pesticides and below you'll find simple explanations about each type.

Biochemical – Biochemical pesticides are pesticides that can disrupt the mating behavior and control the insect population. Pheromones are one form which is naturally sourced or manmade.

This is a non-toxic mechanism of controlling pests. Conventional pesticides are generally synthetic materials that kill the pest. Biochemical pesticides comprise substances that interfere with mating as well as various scented plant extracts that attract insect pests to traps.

Microbial – As the name suggests microbial agents are derived from microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, algae, naturally occurring viruses or protozoans. They work by either introducing disease to a particular insect population, produce a toxin or limit reproduction. Milky spore is an example of this sort of natural pesticide.

Botanical – Botanical pesticides are natural pesticides derived from plants that possess naturally occurring defensive properties. Nicotine, Neem, Rotenone, Sabadilla and Pyrethrins are all derived from plants. Pyrethrins, for instance, come from the chrysanthemum plant and are effective on flying insects and to flush out larvae and grubs.

Mineral – Mineral-based controls include sulfur and lime-sulfur. Both are sprayed to control common insect pests.

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  Hydroponics
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 11-13-2020, 10:42 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

These days there are many different types of way to grow toxin free vegetables in your homes. 

One such way is hydroponics. 

What is hydroponics?

From the word hydro itself you can understand that this type of farming has something to do with water and that's exactly what hydroponics is. Hydroponics is the method of growing plants by using a mineral nutrient solutions.

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  What it means to live organically
Posted by: magnolia - 11-12-2020, 10:16 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

As much as it is essential to have a nutritious and well-balanced diet, it is also important to understand the effects of it on the environment. India has a major problem when it comes to adulteration which may lead to long term effects on our health.

It is important to understand what you consume because the right food choices lead to a healthy mind and body.

With this realization, people all around the world have begun making the change to organic. A major deterrent for many people who want to make this change is the high cost that is attached to buying organically produced products, but, in the long run going organic will actually save not just your money, but also the earth natural resources and in turn ensure that the generations to come will be able to enjoy the earth’s bounty.

Organic living is the procurement and consumption of produce that have been cultivated and produced traditionally without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. 

Free from chemicals and pesticides 

Pesticides and chemicals are majorly used in regular agriculture are dangerous for health, especially for children and pregnant women, as they can cause serious health issues such as cancers, tumors, immune disorders, infertility, hypertension and numerous other diseases. In organic farming, naturally derived pesticides such as Nicotine, Neem, Rotenone, Sabadilla and Pyrethrins which are derived from plants are used, instead of synthetic pesticides. Natural pesticides are non-toxic, and thus eliminates the risk of major health issues.

Superior standards

Organic products ensure superior quality as they are grown using natural methods of agriculture. The absence of preservatives and wax ensures the freshness of organic food products.

Benefits to nature

Organic gardening helps to prevent loss of topsoil, toxic runoff, water pollution, soil contamination and poisoning. What’s more, there would be no pesticide and chemical residues on food.

Organic gardening provides for higher vitamin and mineral content in your food. Increased organic matter in soil helps in reducing erosion, aids in the conservation of water, and sustenance of plants.

The easiest way to start your organic lifestyle is to start a kitchen garden. Start with a vegetable that can be grown year-round such as spinach, ladies finger, green chilli, brinjal. You can use homemade compost which can be prepared or purchase a grow bag, seeds or saplings from your nearest krishi bhavan to start your garden. Remember that growing something takes patience, perseverance and constant care. So, make sure you take care of your garden the way you would take care of yourself and it will give you bountifully.

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  Do you peel your potatoes?
Posted by: MsFern - 11-11-2020, 10:14 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - Replies (1)

A lot of our cooking habits have been conditioned into us since our childhood. Most of us continue to follow those instructions even now without question, and one such habit is peeling potatoes and carrots. As a child I always assumed that we peeled the skin because it covered the flesh of the potato and it came in contact with the dirt; and this is what I kept believing until I decided to make my lifestyle more organic. 

The biggest thing I discovered was that throwing away the peel meant that I was also throwing away half the nutrients from the potato & carrot. But, the fact that the vegetables we buy are sprayed with pesticides and other hazardous chemicals to ensure longevity makes me think twice before I keep the peel on. 

This is one of the main reasons I started substituting vegetables I regularly use for organic ones. Since organic vegetables are grown sans chemicals and pesticides I can use the whole vegetable without doubting if my family & myself are ingesting chemicals.

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  Home remedies for cough
Posted by: Aarati - 11-10-2020, 10:07 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it's extra important to care for your health. Treating cough and cold right at the beginning will ensure things don't go haywire. 

You can treat coughs from cold, allergies, and sinus infections with the below home remedies.

Honey
Honey is an age-old remedy for sore throat and coughs. Mix two spoons of honey with any herbal tea or warm water and lemon. Honey helps in soothing the throat while the lime juice eases congestion.

Peppermint
Another way to deal with a cough is peppermint. Sip on a peppermint tea and let the menthol soothe the throat and act as a decongestant.

Salt & water
This is a cough solution that my mom has used for us since we were children. Though this remedy seems simple the salt and water mixture will soothe a scratchy and sore throat.
Mix half a spoon of salt in warm water and gargle before going to bed.

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