The Organic Revolution
The organic revolution is another essential element of Nu Pop Culture. It's about how organic farming is becoming super popular and is providing solutions to people concerned about pesticides and chemicals in foods. In the past few decades, organic food sales have skyrocketed as people become more aware of healthier lifestyle choices.
To learn about the hundreds of stores across America that are members of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, visit INFRA. Essentially, it's an industry directory of regional stores. Some of the longest running members since the organization's inception in 2004 have come from California, such as Jimbos, Naturally! of San Diego, New Leaf of Santa Cruz and New Frontiers of Solvang. Trader Joe's is one of the most popular national chains that sells organic food. Whole Foods Market, owned by Amazon, is the biggest chain that sells organic products.
Food is not the only group of products that are driving the organic boom of this century. Consumers are learning that there are many other uses for organic plant life than just healthy eating. Many people are turning to organic products for skin care, hair care, soaps, toothpaste, suntan lotion, beauty and more. Sustainable and recyclable products are of key concern in this unstoppable revolution.
Educating yourself about organic products is a wise idea in this age since there is a growing body of evidence that cancer and many other diseases are directly linked to synthethic toxic enviroments. When you walk down the aisles of conventional supermarkets, most of what you see is packaged toxic trash. The FDA is historically very slow at banning harmful processed food products, but has made progress in recent years.
One of the best ways to join the organic revolution is by visiting local farmers' markets that sell fresh produce grown with minimal or no pesticides. As much as the pollution biz assures us that their toxic products are safe, it's better just to go organic if you want to be on the safe side. Since most people don't have time to study the definitions of ingredients, it's easier just to remember that if the ingredients comprise a long paragraph with long hard-to-pronounce words, it can't realistically be categorized as "health food."
Here are some key items that expert nutritionists have warned health conscious consumers to avoid, along with better replacement choices:
toothpaste with fluoride - replace with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide
unfilterd water - replace with spring water or home water filtering device
sugar (real or artificial) - replace with fruits, which are rich in fiber
household cleansers with chloride - replace with apple cider vinegar
conventional skin care products - replace with coconut oil
Part of the organic revolution is getting the proper amount of sunshine. Going on walks give you good exercise and help you stay in shape. At the same time, it's important to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. Some people use various types of fruits or natural oils to protect their skin, such as coconut oil, strawberry and lemon. It's best to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, when sun rays are most powerful.
What's interesting about the organic revolution, is that it nicely dovetails with the green revolution and to some degree, the indie revolution. These three movements are now steadily changing the world, at least for people who do the research. It's refreshing that the organic/green/indie crowd now has growing credibility, whereas last century they were made fun of by the establishment as "tree huggers" and "health nuts." The only real nuts in this story are the toxic trash junkies who resist learning about better living.