As you can read in Why choose organic? – a health perspective, there are many and weighty reasons to choose organic where possible. It is not just us humans who will benefit from clean living. Plant- and animal life will also thrive on a sustainable environment. A win- win situation one might think, but alas, not easily put into practice. Whatever we flush down the drain end up in our water ways, and contaminate everything they inhabit. Pesticides from our lawns and industrial agriculture might take a detour via the soil and ground water, but will eventually wind up in our mutual eco- system. Humus, which gives soil it dark color, is a mature compost and plays a vital part in the structuring of the soil as well as making it suitable for plant growth. It is difficult to keep thing short on such a massive subject. As I mentioned in the health perspective , we surround ourselves with environmental toxins on a daily basis. Many times during the day we make choices that have consequences for ourselves as well as our environment, short and long term. It starts in the morning with the choice of a sustainable breakfast or not, the toothpaste, soaps and shampoos, let the shower run whilst lathering or not, eco friendly detergents or not, indoor temperature, lights on or off when you leave the room, car or tube to work, walk or bicycle, buy new clothes or throw a swap party, bring a bag to the shops or opt for more plastic, what’s for dinner; mercury laden fish or growth hormone filled cage chicken perhaps? Should we buy the paper, or wait; isn’t paper made out of trees which we rely on to convert CO2 to O2 for us to breathe…? Phu! Sure does take it out of you, hey?
Even the longest of journey starts with one small step
Unfortunately I dont have any easy solution to offer, but I´m a great believer in that if we all do a little good every day, we can collective achieve great things.I once read that even the longest of journeys starts with a small step. I find that very inspiring, whatever the task at hand. Thinking globally and acting locally is a good foundation for a sustainable mind set.