Tuesday, December 12

Orgasmic Over Organic

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But it’s not what you think.  

In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, there is certainly something exciting about going organic these days. It’s the “in” thing, a back-to-basics thing, and the agriculture industry in this part of the Philippines is pioneering the BTS trail.

So what is the meaning of BTS?  In this age of fast foods, finally, more and more people are heeding the call to eat less processed foods, junking junk food in the process. Nutritionists claim that the more processing food undergoes, the more harmful it is to the human body. 

As the statistics of the number of victims of the so-called “lifestyle” diseases soar, there is now a trend of “new age” consciousness – not necessarily the religious sort – even among the young ones, to live healthy by eating right and exercising right. There is an upsurge of thinking green, but the BTS that we mean here is not what you might think. It’s just all about slogans for a clean and healthy lifestyle.

Just as time is gold, good food also takes time. Unhurried, homegrown, aged to perfection. Truly, the old-fashioned BTS way.

However, as the organic craze is intensifying, with competitions trying to outdo each other, the real organic stuff, according to Wikipedia, are to be made in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Negros Occidental province of the Philippines has NICERT to certify that the farm products being sold from a certified organic market is indeed what it claims to be.

Furthermore, “organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as ‘organic’ within their borders. Most certifications allow some chemicals and pesticides to be used, so consumers should be aware of the standards for qualifying as ‘organic’ in their respective locales.”

Moreover, the article says that the history of organic farming started small, with limited availability in farmers’ markets, steadily increasing by 20% annually since the early 1990s, a growth spurt that is said to be far ahead of the others in the food industry. BTS indeed!

In Negros Occidental, we are indeed lucky to be situated in such a nicely balanced community where, according to the late famous cartoonist Larry Alcala himself, the place is both urban and rural at the same time that he chose Bacolod to be his home. With the convenience of city amenities but also with access to farm life, we can say that we are certainly blessed with having the best of both worlds.

Indeed, it is better than synthetic.  That’s what I really mean by BTS.


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