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If you are a member of Koh Phangan Conscious Community Facebook Page, you may have recently seen discussions among members about organic food here on the island. What’s it all about?.....
What is organic food? Why eat it?
Phanganist speak to people at Mrs Pong’s Organic Fruits & Vegetable’s Shop and Cafe to find out more…..
Two women who really value the importance of organic food are Mrs Pong, owner of Mrs Pong’s Fruit and Veg cafe and shop, and Ashera a sound healing practitioner and health coach living on Koh Phangan.
Ashera, can you define organic?
Organic is food as nature intended it.
Organic food means it’s from organic seed and it’s grown with natural, non toxic fertiliser. It’s grown it in a soil which has minerals in it.
How did you discover organic food?
I love being a trouble-shooter. I’m always looking for the best choice. I’m always looking for solutions and to be the best I can be.
I have a nose for what’s going to give me more energy. What’s gunna make me feel good?
Are you fed up of being sick? Try organic.
Your health is your wealth.
So, it’s about being healthy and having more energy….
Yeah, I think everyone, whether it’s the people going to the parties on the island or whoever are looking for a good vibe. Eating organic food is one way to get this.
If I ever do a pot luck, (for those who haven’t heard of this, it’s a party where every person brings a dish!) I’ll always take an organic carrot and beet salad. People say how does that taste so good! I’m like that is organic food!That’s how it tastes.
Even if you’re just a gourmet lover of food, the enjoyment you get from your food is exponential. Especially if it comes straight out of the ground.
Okay, I’m sure a lot of people will want to know, why does organic food cost more?
If you use pesticides then you don’t lose as many vegetables. Sometimes with natural pesticides you can lose some. So, it builds in some safety for the farmer to cover that percentage of crops.
I see… and what is a pesticide?
A chemical that’s designed to kill insects on fruits and vegetables that are growing. When ingested by humans it can have a harmful effect.
Pong who now grows all her own fruits and vegetables organically beside her home, was previously a teacher but had to leave work due to ill health.
Mrs Pong, why is organic food good?
You have good health, you don’t need to go and see the doctor. You don’t need to pay money to do this. Before, I never thought this. When you get sick, you change your mind.
Before I don’t care, I think “just eat”.
Mrs Pong, what illness did you have?
I felt hot as if I’d been burnt. We had three people in the family have the same problem.
My sister and two brothers. We cannot fix. We try Bangkok. We try everything with medicine. We cannot stop it. They think from my blood. They’re not sure.
I only go to hospital. In every one month two times. Private hospital cost a lot of money here. One night can be 20 or 30 thousand baht.
How did you get better?
When I start growing my organic vegetables and fruits. I grow banana and papaya and some vegetables. When I grow morning glory (water spinach) after two weeks I can eat it.
I cannot fix with medicine, for fifteen years. Now I am lot better after I eat like this. Many customers come and not believe me. I show them. The vegetables and fruits are from my garden. Or from my brother’s garden in Surat Thani.
Every month go to see the doctor.. now for three years I don’t take medicine.
We also spoke to Shunyo from Australia and Janosh from Switzerland.
Shunyo, why do you eat organic?
For a high vibration
Can you tell us more?
The food tastes better, it’s more alive. I’m also trying to purify my body to be as clean as possible.
As nature intended
Janosh, why organic?
Because I want to be aligned with nature.
What does it mean to you to be aligned with nature?
It’s like flying on a magic carpet, it’s not resisting.
So, some different views on what organic food is and why people eat it. Though generally the theme seems to be the quest for better. Be it better health, better taste or better vibrations.
Mrs Pong’s Organic Fruits and Vegetables shop and cafe is located on the middle road between Thong Sala and Sri Thanu. Try for yourself… We would love to know your thoughts...