I always love going to festivals. I go in there as if I’m attending just another event. I come out with a totally different perspective on life. This long weekend at the Mind Body Spirit festival in London, was one of them…
There are some things in life that you have to truly see to believe. Perhaps we would rather not observe everything around us on a microscopic level – who wishes to see what bacteria, viruses and other organisms accompany us in our daily lives – on the tube or in the office. But, when it comes to the debate about the nutritional value of organic food, actually seeing this first hand can only be described as life-changing.
Today I share with you something which for me at least, has changed the way I view food, and my relationship with the environment. I hope that by sharing this with you, you may think twice about the produce you buy, how you prepare it and last but not least, what you put into your body.
The team at Soyana, an innovative Swiss alternative health food company, have used a specific crystallisation technique to reveal the inner order of organic food, images of which are mind-blowingly beautiful and incredible. Images of fern-like structures, flowers and plants are represented across multiple food types. The consistency and order to their design is staggeringly breathtaking. When compared to non-organic food types, the truly ghastly nature of pesticides, herbicides and the total deprivation of the soil in which these foods are produced is plain to see. It’s as if a bomb has exploded on the surface of these foods, totally destroying their delicate structure.
I posted recently about 5 top mood foods. In the book produced by Soyana and authored by A.W. Dänzer, A Comparison of Organic & Non-organic Foods, I am fortunate to be able to see pictures of two of the foods I mentioned: dark chocolate and oats, both organic and non-organic. I have included some photos from the book to show you first hand the difference between the two. This difference is mind-numbing. Take a look for yourself.
To me, simply seeing the effect of non-organic agricultural methods upon the delicate structures and patterns of the food is quite confronting. They are scattered, destroyed and bear little or no resemblance to their original structure. Why would we consciously want to consume such foods once know what they look like on a microscopic level? We do this, because we can’t see what’s happened to the food.
But that’s not say that it’s good for you. We do this all the time, especially when food is dropped on the floor, in case there are germs or bacteria that may attach itself to it. Our assumption is that: there is a risk that the food is now contaminated and therefore should be disposed of or at least washed… Why then do we show such neglect in the case of non-organic produce?
On the yogic path, we aim to bring sattvic qualities to everything we do. Wisdom, kindness and a vibrational energy that brings out the best in us – in our thoughts, our actions and not least our food. Tamasic, on the other hand is dark and heavy. We should avoid or consume as little as possible actions or things that are of such nature.
If we start to think about our food in a similar manner, then by striving to eat organically, we will come to live a sattvic or yogic life. We can only benefit from their virtuous qualities, as nature intended. After all, we are all made of matter, which on a quantum level are just bundles of energy. By eating food as close as possible to its natural state, we are truly living in harmony with the ecology that is our world today.
In fact, this is just a microcosm of the GM food debate. By mass-producing our food non-organically, we’ve altered the food in some form, there’s no doubt about that.
Of course we can choose to readily dismiss this. Perhaps distorting the true nature of the foods that we eat has no effect upon them or us. But that’s your choice. Your life. You choose.