Believe it or not, but the organic lifestyle has been with us since World War II. It didn't have anything to do with the actual war itself, but it was in 1940 that the world first heard about something called organic farming. The person behind it was Oxford University agriculturalist Lord Northbourne who rebelled against what he called chemical farming that was slowly but surely taking over since the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Since then, the organic lifestyle developed into something more than just organic farming and even though it has had its ups and downs, we are glad that it is becoming more and more popular with each year that passes.
Due to the organic lifestyle becoming such a huge thing, it can be almost daunting for the people who are new to it and it is them who are the target audience for this article.
In other words, this is where you will learn the basic do's and don'ts of the organic lifestyle.
A Few Do's
Get Your Basics Down
The organic lifestyle will change your entire life and if you are wondering where to start, I have some good news for you – starting off is easy.
For one, you familiarise yourself with what the organic lifestyle is all about. You read a bit about its history and about the laws and regulations that govern the industry. Depending on where you live, the laws will be more or less stringent and they are a good indication as to what the food manufacturers are doing to bring the food to your newly organic table.
You should also learn about the positive impact that your new organic lifestyle will have and how it will benefit your health.
Another way to kick things off is to learn about the local food producers and places where you can buy their food.
Talk to them. Find out about how they are growing your food. Ask about some recipes. Learn when stuff is in season and when it is not.
Grow a Thing or Two
Some of you live in a house and you probably have a garden that you can turn into a haven of abundance with nothing more than a few minutes every day. No really, growing stuff is really that easy. In case you live in a flat or a tiny room in a shared accommodation, you will at least have a window sill or a place that the sun reaches from time to time. In other news, you have somewhere to grow at least a herb or two.
The point here is not to supply your own food or even herbs. The point here is to take your organic lifestyle to a new level by understanding what goes into growing food and growing it organically.
One of the first things you will notice when you start buying organic food is that it is imperfect. No longer will you be seeing a box of strawberries, all identically sized, coloured and plump.
Organic food growing does not produce perfection. It produces real food. Real food will come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. It is the way the real world works. The world that has not been sprayed, genetically modified and processed beyond all recognition.
A Few Don'ts
Don't Forget about other Things than Food
The thing that most people forget about or choose to ignore is that the organic lifestyle is more than just food. Food production is just one of the aspects of the modern lifestyle that needs to be organic.
For example, there is organic clothing which is also made using nothing but organic crops and materials obtained in a natural way. These clothes are also manufactured in a way that does not involve chemical dyes and other chemical agents that both put your health in jeopardy and also harm the planet.
Another often-ignored lifestyle change is switching to organic cosmetics. The cosmetics industry is basically built on artificial ingredients and chemicals and phasing these out of your life will do incredible things for your health. The good news is that the organic cosmetics industry is literally exploding at the moment and it is only a matter of time it goes huge.
You can start supporting it today.
Don't be Annoying
Once you adopt the organic lifestyle, keep in mind that not everyone is ready for it. You will only hurt the cause by being holier-than-though dolt who keeps pestering everyone to start buying organic food and wearing organic clothes.
The organic lifestyle is not about that. It is about changing the world through individual choices and spreading the word about why it is important to at least consider it.
Shouting into people's ears never gets the message across.
Switching to organic is simply the way of the future. There are no two ways about it. Learn. Adopt. Get healthier.
Features Writer; Peter Minkoff
Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!
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