Over the past month, the Devang team has shared some tips on why it's important to #LiveOrganic on our Facebook page. Here, we highlight all our findings.
The most common question that arises when one is introduced to the concept of organic eating is – “Is it really worth it? Is it a genuine endeavour or a marketing gimmick?”
In an attempt to demystify the concept of organic eating, we’re sharing with you a behind-the-scenes perspective of all the little yet hugely impactful details that go into organic farming.
So the next time you’re deliberating between that organic produce and its commercial counterpart, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
1. Mother Nature’s pesticides
Many farmers nowadays use chemical pesticides, in order to be efficient and produce large volumes of crop. While these are effective in protection against crop damage, a lot of these harmful chemicals ultimately end up in our bodies!
Did you know that Nature has a way of protecting Herself? Many insects like ladybugs fend off pests from our food, by consuming predatory insects and their larvae. This renders toxic chemicals that ironically are as bad, if not worse than these pests, completely unnecessary.
2. Crop Rotation
Crop rotation is the process of planting a series of dissimilar crops to discourage pest infestation. Pests typically thrive on uniformity; they attack fields that have large swaths of mono-crops. By planting varied and complementary crops, it is possible to have a strong field without infestation. The soil too, is more fertile. How profound is Nature, in teaching and showing us that diversity truly is beauty!
Composting is the recycling of organic waste to yield healthier soil. The waste matter consists of crop residue, animal waste and leftover food, which then decomposes under controlled conditions. Miraculously, this practice increases the nutritional value of soil, saves water and reduces environmental pollution! Nature once again reveals her beauty through her practice of coming full circle; returning to the earth from where She arose.
Multi-cropping is the process of growing crops that complement each other, on the same patch of land. Certain plants, like grains and legumes, when in proximity to each other, yield a much healthier harvest that is naturally free from disease, without using commercial farming methods. This is because together, certain gases are released by the plants that fend off pests and enhance crop growth – ultimately leading to a harvest that is bursting with vitality!
5. Human touch
As evident from all the practices mentioned earlier, organic farming is undoubtedly more time consuming and challenging than commercial farming. The most significant aspect then, is the human touch - the love, tenderness and painstaking effort with which a human hand has gone into nurturing produce. No mechanical shortcuts, no chemicals and artificial enhancements, just allowing Mother Nature to do what She does best!
So here are just a few of the many elements that go into farming organic produce. Each step is meticulously detailed and executed. Ultimately the love, compassion and care that has gone into the produce is reflected in the way it tastes and the miraculous things it does for our bodies!
Here’s hoping that the next time you’re faced with a choice, you now know which one to make.
Abhira Talwar is Devang's Senior Brand Manager. Abhira graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. She received her Masters in Luxury Brand Management in Milan, Italy. Now a member of the Devang team, she gets to combine her two passions - holistic wellness and brand storytelling - together.