Monday, August 16

Going organic

I lived in the city all my life. I often get envious when my husband tells stories about him and his sisters climbing and harvesting fruit trees in the province. Being raised in the city, I was naturally fed mostly with goods bought from the market. More often than not, they are instant and preserved - instant noodles, canned goods, preserved meat, etc. I'm thinking that it could be one of the reasons of my not so good health.

Now, I try to buy anything organic be it food or beauty products. Organic produce is grown the old-fashioned way without the aid of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Washing fruits and vegetables cannot entirely remove these chemicals that's why there is danger in ingesting them.

Thankfully, in 2005, Executive Order No. 481 was passed which paved the way for the promotion and development of organic agriculture in the Philippines. Not soon after, organic farms in the Philippines started to increase which made the prices of organic products lower compared to the early years. I remember that I used to buy organic brown rice for 56 pesos a kilo years ago but now its down to 39 pesos per kilo.

Wanna go organic? Here are some places you can visit to get the freshest organic produce:

  • Sidcor Organic Bazaar.
  • Open from 6 am to 1 pm every Sunday at the Lung Center compound in Quezon City.
  • Salcedo Market. Every Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm at Salcedo Village, Makati City.
  • DGM Organic Foods. Food Village, Tiendesitas, Pasig City or at Fiesta Market! Market!, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
  • Bohol Bee Farm. Panglao Island, Bohol. Take a tour around the farm or stay in the resort to get served with yummy organic recipes all throughout your stay.

I hope you can support our country's organic farmers by buying organic products. In doing so, you are not only reaping its healthful benefits but you will also be helping create jobs for the local farmers and take care of the environment.

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