It doesn’t make sense to plant in soil that is depleted in nutrients, especially when we want to eat the plants we are trying to grow. Weak plants don’t make for nutritious meals, a healthy environment, or a sustainable planet.
Here are my top 5 favorite quotes about the importance of using organic soil:
“Organic agriculture builds the health of the soil, providing the foundation for healthy crops and a livelihood for good stewards of the land.”- Organic Trade Association
Why it’s a favorite: It reminds me of how “motherly” our planet is.
“Organic farming is personal.”- Farmer and fellow Wild Oats blogger Dave Carter
“Organic is something we can all partake of and benefit from. When we demand organic, we are demanding poison-free food. We are demanding clean air. We are demanding pure, fresh water. We are demanding soil that is free to do its job and seeds that are free of toxins. We are demanding that our children be protected from harm. We all need to bite the bullet and do what needs to be done—buy organic whenever we can, insist on organic, fight for organic and work to make it the norm. We must make organic the conventional choice and not the exception available only to the rich and educated.” – Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale, author of Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe
Why it’s a favorite: Not only must we “demand” and insist on authentic, accessible and affordable food production, we must purchase organic for ourselves and our families- not just speak, but also act to win the fight.
“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
Why it’s a favorite: Organic food is intimate.
“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”- David Suzuki
What it’s a favorite: Money can not save the Earth; we can only save it ourselves.