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Organic Food

Most people have a love-hate relationship with food. We love to eat, but we
hate to shop, hate to cook, and hate to clean up. And of course, we worry
about our weight. Why is this? Perhaps it's because food reminds us that life
is not only fun, but also fragile, frustrating, frightening, and mystifying.

Life is a metabolic mystery. No matter who we are or what we do, we all have
to eat and drink and go to the bathroom. But how and why the food we eat
transforms itself into life, and ultimately waste, is a mystery that science
cannot fully explain.

It's hard to live with such profound uncertainty. So we try to distract ourselves
with fast food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and entertainment. And we try to
ignore the biological basis of life - especially the connection between food
and waste.

However, there is one person who cannot ignore the connection between food
and waste - the farmer. He knows that crops depend on compost and
manure. He understands the cycle of life, and he keeps us alive. We owe him
our gratitude.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to the organic farmer. He understands that
the life cycle of crops should not be contaminated with toxic chemicals, such
as pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. He also understands that farming
must be safe for the farmer, the consumer, the land, the water, and the
animals. He is a true pioneer for health and ecology.

You can also be a pioneer for health and ecology. First, support organic
farmers and encourage conventional farmers to become organic. Second,
support health food stores and encourage supermarkets to carry organic
products. Third, share your knowledge and experience with family, friends,
physicians, and public officials. Your health and your planet depend on you!

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 October 2007
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA