Have you heard of Community Supported Agriculture or CSA? Since there is already a growing number of followers of organic vegetables in the Philippines, a lot have already been hearing about this CSA concept.

There is something in common in the advocacy of organic growers in the country -- to help local farmers keep their jobs in the agricultural field. And why not, we owe it to the farmers to provide safe and nutritious foods. If not for them, who would grow our vegetables, fruits or other plant-based foods? More than just the business of distributing organic vegetables to the market, these growers make sure that the market continues to buy so the farmers may continue to grow vegetables. By subscribing to the concept of Community Supported Organic Agriculture, you are technically taking a part of this advocacy. You pre-pay your vegetable supplies to prompt the local farmers to plant them for you in the near future. Security in this concept works both ways --- your food security and the farmer's livelihood security.

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Should you be worried if  your favorite “weekend farmer” (that is, the vegetable grower that you occasionally meet in weekend markets) whose produce he verbally claims organic is not certified?

 The answer is yes and no.

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organic home gardening

One reason why organic vegetables are more expensive than conventional ones is because the yield of organic vegetables is considerably less than its chemically-fertilized counterpart. Technically speaking therefore, there are few organic produce that reach the consuming public and the lesser the supply, the higher the price.

But this shouldn’t discourage anyone making the organic shift. There is a way to make sure you have a constant supply of organic vegetables – plant your own.

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In our previous post, we mentioned the commonsense unhealthy effects on vegetables being grown using heavy doses of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Because of this practice among conventional growers some vegetables turn up to be “dirtier” than others and may post long term ill effects to the body.

Clean your vegetables very well

This is very important when consuming conventional vegetables. A basic rinse under the faucet will not do as pesticides are absorbed heavily especially on the plants’ skin or surface.

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Healthy Salads: Organice veggies in a jiffy

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Eating salads and including it in your daily diet is not just for weight loss; they come with plenty and mouthful of benefits too!

First off, salads are quick to eat and easy to prepare requiring only tossing raw vegetables in salad dressing.  If you are in a hurry but need to fill in with quick, nutritious food then vegetable salads are your best choice.

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It is very hard to ignore the mixed views of both the proponents of organic vegetables and conventionally-grown vegetables as far as the difference in nutritional benefits to the body is concerned. Established trend of information shows that organic vegetables are no more nutritious than its conventional counterpart. Let’s make a commonsense settlement . . .

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The main frustration probably of those who are already into eating organic vegetables is that not many are available in their local grocery stores. At best, you can only find few organic vegetables in the corner chiller of these grocery stores as opposed to their conventional counterpart displayed heavily at the center aisle of the produce area. If you commit to eating only organic vegetables, chances are you’ll wait for the organic weekend market to buy your favorite vegetables in bulk. If you are serious enough about your organic vegetable consumptions, then why not grow your own veggies instead?

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Many are more and more getting into the habit of drinking tea due to its many benefits. In the past, teas were made from just herb and spices until of late even vegetables are now being made into tea, for instance the leaves of ampalaya, malunggay or lagundi. Studies prove that drinking tea every day

  • Improves the immune system
  • Improves oral health
  • Fights early signs of memory loss
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps in preventing cancer

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Juicing is technically not new. Ancient cultures have it that fruits are pounded to take the juice out and make it into a concentrated beverage. Later, water was introduced in the beverage to make it thinner and appropriate for a cool drink. Juicing has been a part of alternative medical practices where its consumption proves to be therapeutic and yes, healing.  Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that help prevent even the most dreaded or life-threatening diseases; nobody cannot argue with that fact.

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Green Advocates

Thanks to the many green advocates of eating organic vegetables and fruits; these oftenly unrecognized superstar foods are fast becoming mainstream celebrities of our dinner tables once again! Because of the alarming rate of early occurrence of chronic diseases and some cancers, consuming healthy amounts of organic vegetables and fruits, coupled with active lifestyle is literally fighting for your right for longer and dear life. Parents too need to do their best to try and introduce vegetables in their children’s diet. And if you are an adult who’s not trained to eat vegetables but is considering doing so, then vegetable juicing could be a wise alternative for you.

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