‘Fitness’ has become the most heard word in recent days. Every street has a gym center and people are obsessed in hitting the gym center to tone their body shape. It’s unfortunate that people spend a chunk of their money for exercises, dieting plan recommended by every tom, dick and harry of the country, but where are we heading to?
We have adapted to modern way of living that we have forgotten that nature has gifted us with abundant healthy foods to us in the form of vegetables, greens and fruits. The fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables supplement our diet with essential nutrients. Today unfortunately we don’t have the opportunity to eat fresh vegetables and fruits as the farmers use chemical fertilizers and non-biodegradable constituent for the growth of the products. Through this article, I would like to stress the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the need for organic farming.
It is widely recommended by nutritionist to add more fresh fruits and veggies in our daily meal for a healthy diet. Research has shown that diets that contain whole grains and fruits and vegetables, and are generally low in fats, can help reduce risk for heart disease (Source: Sandor Bodo/ The Providence Journal). The American Heart Association recommends using fresh herbs for sodium-free flavor in dishes. A simple first step is to eat more fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and do not contain cholesterol. Fruit and vegetables also provide fiber, which may help reduce risks for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Organic farming is making a buzz in recent days. The main objective of organic farming is to produce agri-products without the use of poisonous chemicals. Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. (Source: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). An organic farm, properly speaking, is not one that uses certain methods and substances and avoids others; it is a farm whose structure is formed in imitation of the structure of a natural system that has the integrity, the independence and the benign dependence of an organism”(Source —Wendell Berry, “The Gift of Good Land”). The Government is promoting organic farming through various schemes like National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH), National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility (NPMSH&F), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and also Network Project on Organic Farming of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The concept of organic farming has to be acknowledged and reach wider audience. To be health and fit it’s vital to eat healthy food. “Food is the best medicine for Good health”. With that note, I would like to stress on the need for organic farming as it is our duty to promote organic farming to lead a healthy life.