My wife and I recently took a trip that took us to Switzerland and northern Italy. We rode some fantastic trains, such as the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. We got to experience, stunning mountain vistas, glaciers in Switzerland while also experiencing the subtropical region of Lake Como in Italy.
I would like to comment on some of the healthy trends that we experienced on our trip.
Switzerland is the country that consumes the most organic products per person in the world today.
Denmark and Switzerland had the highest per-capita consumption of organic food of any nation in 2020.
In Switzerland just over 6,600 farms – almost 11% of the total – are organic; more than 5,600 of them follow the guidelines of Biosuisse, the umbrella organization of organic farmers.
Switzerland is relatively small, approximately the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
There are 26 separate regions, or cantons in Switzerland. The Swiss speak four different languages in their country (German, French, Italian, and Romansh). They are able to have a well-run, clean and healthy society, despite vast geographical obstacles, and four languages as a barrier.
Our bodies are literally made from the elements of the earth. A low toxin, highly nutritious diet of organic foods is a great way to build a healthy society.
Italy has a totally different vibe than Switzerland, but many positive things going for it. In general, a Mediterranean diet, heavy in olive oil, red wine, fish, fresh vegetables, and healthy cheeses all contribute to this.
Another thing I found quite impressive in Italy was the abundance of free-flowing fountains, found in cities.
The water for these drinking fountains comes directly from the mountains above the city. It’s pure, fresh spring water. Uncontaminated with chemicals and fluoride free.
It’s licensed by the City of Rome, and it’s tested for purity around 250,000 time each year.
Made of cast iron, the “nasoni” drinking fountains stand about three feet tall and weigh in at around 200 lbs. There approximately 2,500 of them scattered around the metropolitan area of Rome.
Springwater is what I consume at home on a regular basis, typically in the form of Mountain Valley or Evian.
I did not hear mention of forever chemicals, which we hear of in the United States. I have always said, take care of your fresh water, supplies and waterways, ensure they are of the highest quality and humanity will benefit and thrive accordingly.
Remember, when you buy organic, you’re not just supporting your body and your families, but also, you’re contributing to a less toxic environment without the inherent runoff of pesticides and herbicides into our waterways.