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Date:2008-12-09

Organic persimmons. Are organic products really more expensive? Is organic produce malformed, small and bitten by insects? How do I enter the pollutant-free, healthy organic world starting from choosing the right foods? Organic foods expert Ms. Zhu Hui-fang tells us how to create a healthy, organic living environment.

People eat everyday. Consequently, the fastest way to adapt to the organic way of living is through eating organic foods. Ms. Zhu says, “An organic lifestyle can be formed gradually. Attempts to lead a “completely organic life” in a short time often fail due to economic constraints or lack of a strong will. Therefore, it is better that people gradually change their eating habits, allow their bodies to slowly adapt to fine, healthy foods and eventually switch to an organic lifestyle.”

More than ten years ago, Ms. Zhu knew nothing about organic produce. To help her husband open an organic foods store, she and her husband visited many farmers to learn from their experiences. She gradually became familiar with the impacts of different farming methods had on their products. Her efforts allowed her to gradually learn how to identify healthy produce and foods.

Because of its limited output and high production costs, many people choose not to buy organic produce. Ms. Zhu notes, “Leading a healthy life doesn’t have to cost much. Consumers have many other choices besides organic produce. Pollutant-free farm products with a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) label or production and marketing CV are also healthy foods. Another choice is the organic products sold at supermarkets, where consumers can buy inexpensive, healthy foods.”

Lazybones farming – Be a self-taught farmer

A simple, organic life starts from home. How do I create a healthy living environment? You might want to consider taking a leaf out of Perma-culture's book.
Perma-culture, termed “lazybones farming” by some, is in fact rather simple in concept, which encourages recycling, making good use of resources and wasting no resources coming from far afield. Peter, the person who pioneered Perma-culture, is convinced if city dwellers always rely on external forces to lead their lives and forget how to farm, they will one day forget how to live. Peter practices recycling himself. Utensils and flowerpots on his balcony have been picked out from garbage and taken home. He uses recycled containers to collect rainwater, which is then used to water plants. Kitchen waste and fallen leaves are composted and used as organic fertilizer.

Perma-culture’s concepts extend beyond agriculture. Not wasting resources is one of the key elements of leading a healthy life.

Who says leading a healthy, organic life definitely costs a great deal? Let your body become accustomed to healthy foods, try not to waste resources like Peter, and create an organic living environment. Leading a healthy, happy life is this simple.

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