Why ORGANIC and VEGETABLE?
Choosing a vegetable diet coming from organic farming, allows us to settle in ourselves in a respectful and harmonic way in the Universe in which we live. Just the union of these two elements accompanies and completes the psychical and spiritual path of well-being of the individual. Human actions and choices are fundamental to keep the ecosystem’s balance. In particular food choice is of crucial importance because it produces effects at every level: on the environment, on human an other species’ wellbeing.
If it’s true that human actions and choices are fundamental to keep the ecosystem’s balance, then our food choice is of paramount importance because it produces effects at every level: on the environment, on human and other species’ well-being.
For the Environment:
As for the use of the resources, suffice is to say that one third of the world’s food production is set aside to feed farm animals. A similar situation applies to water resources: producing 100 grams of meat requires 1600 litres of water, while producing the same amount of tomatoes requires approximately 19 litres.
Furthermore, the same husbandries cause at least 50% of the world emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) and cause at the same time a wide deforestation and a progressive impoverishment of the soil.
A vegetable-based diet has therefore an healthy consequence on the environment. If then vegetable food is even organic, not only the environmental impact is further reduced, but we also encourage farming practices that help biodiversity and enrich the soil.
For the Well-being:
A varied and well balanced vegetable-based diet provides invaluable resources for our well-being. Plant-based food is indeed reach of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, it contains very low levels of saturated fat and it is naturally cholesterol free. If organic they are even free from chemical additives, pesticides, preservatives, dyes and GMOs. Such a “pure” base let us fully enjoy all the beneficial properties of plant-based foods.
According to the nutritionists of the American Dietetic Association and to the Dietitians of Canada “Well-planned vegan diets and other kinds of vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence. They also offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals”. (Position Paper of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2003).
For the animals:
FAO data state that during the second half of the twentieth century global consumption of meat has increased by 5 times and fish consumption has almost doubled leading to intensive farming and fishing practices that cause high level of stress and suffering to the sentient living beings. Choosing plant-based food you have the opportunity to dissociate yourself from such practices and to contribute to the protection of the well-being of all living beings playing an active role in reshaping the relationship between humans and animals in the productive and food cycle.