Wholefoods and organics
Eating whole foods is akin to eating ‘live or living’ food, another words the food has not been processed or any way, or at least in a minimal way that does not destroy the vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins in the food that we need. Organics goes one step further and is food which has not been sprayed by chemical (synthetic) sprays. The word Organic is associated with the words ‘organ’, ‘organisation’ and ‘organism’ all related to biology and the arrangement of a certain natural order.
Bio dynamics is another level again which means food grown in season is eaten in that season, the food is eaten from local production, (therefore saving on transportation and the associated process of preservation) and the food is fed with locally produced compost and natural sprays (like seaweed & neem) thus the plants receive all the nutrients they need from nature itself. No fertilisers are required, except for a small amount here and there. Fertiliser is like a steroid or synthetic drug for the human body, the more you use, the more you need, and it destroys all the living organisms in the soil, therefore the soil itself become ‘dead’ & top soil is lost.
Permaculture is another term that speaks of living in harmony with nature and as the word implies, speaks of developing a certain ‘culture’ or way of life, so it goes beyond just organic healthy eating, but involves a certain mindset, system of planting & harvesting and other related aspects of our wider life that create sustainability on all levels, which is ‘permanent’ in nature.
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