WHY ORGANIC?

TO SAFEGUARD OUR GENETIC HERITAGE. In addition to life itself, today’s fifty-year-olds, those

born up through the 1960s, received an immeasurable gift from their parents: an intact, wholesome,
natural genetic heritage. For, outside of the big cities, sprawling industrial plants and oil refineries,
the air and water were not yet infected, and the food was not yet stuffed with modern advances, the
undesired presence of which has now mutated our genetic heritage, along with the indiscriminate use of
synthetic medicine and the toxic paints with which we painted the walls of our homes and our furniture.
ORGANIC FOOD. Being an organic farmer (numbering 100,000 in Italy alone) means not practicing
monoculture on your lands, and not using weed killers, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. It means
caring for the wellbeing of your livestock, providing them with a healthy diet, open spaces, and
homeopathic medication, when they’re unwell. Organic farmers have never disgraced themselves with
the vile practice of battery-caged chicks that become chickens in 35 days, instead of five months as
their natural cycle prefers.
What does that sort of diet produce in the span of a few generations? Allergies, intolerances, infertility,
weakened immune defences, and genetic mutations with unpredictable consequences within 3-4
generations. Organic farmers are farmers who want to do their job well, with the goal of producing
quality and not just quantity.
ORGANIC CONSUMERS AND SOLIDARITY. Consumers who seek out organic food are citizens
who realize all this, who care for their loved ones, especially their youngest, and who, through their
daily choices, favour organic producers, even though their foods cost more. They cost more because,
representing merely 2-3% of consumer purchases, like in Italy, Germany, and Austria, they haven’t yet
achieved the turnover of an economy of scale that would reduce costs. Organic consumers are citizens
who are mindful of all that is right: they often treat themselves with alternative medicine (homeopathy

and herbal remedies), are in favour of renewable energies, and seek out fair-trade products. Like the
“Haiti Coffee” project promoted by my cooperative and Pascucci to “pay a debt of justice”, helping
several hundred families continue to cultivate coffee by paying them a fair price.
ORGANIC IS THE ONLY BARRICADE AGAINST GMOs. Perhaps thanks to the wholesome diet they
pursue, organic farmers and consumers have preserved the ability to choose between what is good and
what is not. In fact, they stand strongly against the cultivation and open distribution of GMO foods. The
Pied Piper of the Brothers Grimm hasn’t fooled them for a second: they don’t believe the tall tale that
claims GMOs could help overcome world hunger. Instead, they see them as a further assault on the
genetic heritage of our planet and a powerful tool for controlling and claiming ownership over food.
FROM “MACCHERONI ACQUA E FARINA” by Gino Girolomoni, Published by Jaca Book – Milan
“Plants, grasses, flowers, and trees protect us from the consequences of our stupidity which has robbed
our body of its very skin – how else can we describe the hole in the ozone induced by the greenhouse
effect that is heating the Arctic and that will weigh heavily on the fates of the oceans, of food for wildlife,
and of our very lives? And all the poisons we make plants, the earth, and ourselves breath? When I see
my fellow farmers spreading weed killers and pesticides throughout the countryside and orchards, I’m
reminded of Attila who, in comparison, was merely an English lord.
“The green life force generates the buds, and from the buds, the fruit. Even out of dry wood the buds
sprout forth anew, thanks to the green force. All creatures comprise something visible and something
invisible. What we see is only a pale shadow; what we cannot see is far more powerful and vital”.
So wrote the well-known abbess Hildegard of Bingen in 1200. Plants, animals, and the work of mankind
once nourished the body and soul in a coherent design that inspired us to compose songs and music,
to create art, monuments, and poetry. The terrible food we eat today, the noise, the constant stream of
ugly images we see, pollution in everything, infringed rules, and erased traditions have shattered the
enchantment of life. Breaking this delicate, extraordinary balance is a crime, which Guido Ceronetti (the
well-known Italian writer) wisely chose to add to the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are those whose
hands are clean of environmental crimes.”
Eating isn’t just planting, harvesting, preparing, and cooking food. Eating is a gift—it is spirituality,
friendship, community, beauty, warmth, colour, wisdom, simplicity, and company. But it becomes
a torment when we entrust industrial technology with its preparation, when we stuff foods with
preservatives, colourings, and artificial flavours. When we don’t spend any more than 7-8 minutes on
preparing a meal. I understand the modern pace of life, but what it should lead us to choose is simple,
light foods, packed with nutrition.