Friday, May 24, 2013


Why I Became a Tree Hugging Granola Cruncher


Part I


 
My family and I have a long way to go on our journey towards a better organic life but we know we are on the right path.  Probably 95% of the food that enters our house at this point is certified organic, we have been off of processed foods (for the most part) for years, we are learning to grow as much of our own food as we can, there are virtually no chemicals in the house, we compost and even my wife has started making her own lotions and cosmetics (that’s the clincher if you know my wife…).  We have not yet gone with a fully organic wardrobe but that is in the plans and I am hoping to start making our own kombucha and beer (again) soon as well.

One might ask why we are doing this and one part of the answer is simple.  A healthy, organic lifestyle is not the old organic I used to make fun of with my friends.  Certainly anybody my age remembers the tree-hugging hippies of the 70’s and early 80’s followed by the granola crunchers of the late 80’s through the 90’s and into the last decade.  They were crazy!  At least that is what I thought at the time and so did many of the people with whom I associated myself.

So the crazy, hippie, tree-hugging granola-crunchers of yesterday I now view as the survivors who will save our world from ourselves; look good doing it and have more energy longer in life.  These are all pretty cool things in my humble opinion.  I know that my wife and I have felt better over the last three years since we began our journey towards organics than we did ten years ago.    

Save the world, what the hell is this guy talking about?  Actually there are many things that living an organic lifestyle does to save the world that will be discussed in future posts in detail.  For now suffice to say organic agriculture helps maintain soil health, maintain soil level, doesn’t pollute rivers, streams, etc. (Have we all heard about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico due to farm runoff?) and is an effective tool against global warming by promoting humus which holds carbon in the soil; among other benefits for the world.    

Look good doing it and have more energy...  We’ll go into this in more detail in future posts as well.  For now try the experiment below and let us know what you see.

The experiment: Walk through a local “natural/organic/health food” store or farmer’s market depending on locale; where the granola-crunchers hang out (they’re almost everywhere now).  Take a mental note of how the average person walking around looks.  Do they look fit, trim, attractive, young or perhaps young for a given age or do they look unfit, unhealthy, unattractive, older or aging poorly?  Try the same exercise at some of the more conventional stores and fast food establishments; do you see a difference? 

Note: wherever you as an individual are in the process of being or becoming healthier and more organic never judge!  Getting healthier and living better is a process for all of us that begins with recognizing the benefits of making positive changes in our lives.  We should be collectively trying to help people make healthier choices for themselves and our beautiful world by being positive instruments for change.

Live Life with Love – For Everyone!

To be continued…
 

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


One of the Many Thought Processes Behind Created Organic


When I first dreamed up the concept of “Created Organic” one of my thought processes was to create a platform where the organic industry could promote itself in a positive light.  I have been involved with organic foods in one form or another for the better part of fifteen years but really just adopted what I would call an organic lifestyle about three years ago.  The image I had always associated with organic people was that of “tree-huggers” and “granola-crunchers” who looked and acted a little odd. 

To my knowledge the organic industry to date has not done much to change that very widely held image.  All that I seem to hear from people in the industry are complaints about some of the “Devil” corporations out there making the world unhealthy.  While I agree with the point of view; I don’t think it is the best way to promote the good that is the organic food, clothing and cosmetics industry.  I thought to myself there is so much more to organics than “tree-hugging”, “granola-crunching” and “everyone else is bad” why not get something going to change the image and promote organic lifestyles to a world that really needs to change.

We have all seen fast food, snack food, soda, etc. commercials with happy healthy looking people imbibing the advertised products, having fun and perhaps some great romantic suggestion.  The reality is the people using these products heavily, often aren’t all that healthy, tend to be overweight or more accurately obese, have high blood pressure, at least borderline diabetes and by the time they’re in their forties probably aren’t capable of great romance without chemical enhancements of course if their hearts are healthy enough.

People living an organic lifestyle on the other hand tend to stay looking younger longer, have more energy, are less apt to be overweight, type II diabetes virtually doesn’t exist and great romance goes on and on.  If the fast food industry can suggest that eating a heavily processed and empty calorie laden meal at their establishment will bring health, happiness and romance; we should do this as an industry that really can help with all of these things?  Imagine ads with great looking people having fun, eating healthy foods and it’s the true image of people who follow this lifestyle…

More than seven billion people

Seven continents

Two thousand Islands

One hundred ninety six countries

Seventy some odd distinct religious faiths

One planet

One ocean

One atmosphere

One sun

One great ecosystem

Created Organic

© 2013 Richard E. Robinson
 

Created Organic

 

Mother Nature Seeks Balance


Mother Nature seeks balance and Mother Nature will have balance.  Sometimes it is as simple as adapting a species here or a species there to a new condition.  Other times it’s the extinction of species or completely new ones evolving.  Still in other times, perhaps because things are more drastic, the whole of nature changes and Mass Extinction Events occur.  History is rife with examples of each. 

Human beings are the first species in this great ecosystem we call Earth with the ability to create a Mass Extinction Event.  We as humans are also the first with the knowledge and ability to prevent such an event from occurring.  Which way we will go remains to be seen.

Nature in its purest sense is organic in nature.  Our great Mother Nature was created organic as were all living things that have ever existed in nature.  Since Mother Nature was created organic, then we can assume that Mother Nature was intended to be organic and we as a species should do everything in our power to make sure our good mother gets what she wants so we can live in harmony with her.

Our world was Created Organic and was intended to be organic; join us in restoring Mother Nature’s beautiful plan!

More than seven billion people

Seven continents

Two thousand Islands

One hundred ninety six countries

More than seventy distinct religious faiths

One planet

One ocean

One atmosphere

One sun

One great ecosystem

Created Organic

© 2013 Richard E. Robinson