Why Buy Organic?
Why buy organic?
Organic refers to the way a food was grown, raised, or produced, and is certified based on government standards. This blog post focuses on how produce is grown.
Originally, all foods were “organic.” They were grown and prepared without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or irradiation. Foods were unrefined, whole, or minimally processed. Since World War II and the advent of chemical farming and food processing, the soils and foods of much of the world have been depleted of many important minerals and nutrients. Our food these days is not only deficient in nutrients, but also full of pollutants and farming chemicals. The modern process of denaturing foods via heavy refining and chemical treatment deeply affects the life force of our food , making it difficult for us to reach equilibrium and health. Pesticides have been shown to create extra work for the immune system, causing cancer and disease in the liver, kidneys, and blood. Pesticides accumulate in the organs, resulting in a weakened immune system, allowing carcinogens and pathogens to filter into the body. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict natural procedures.
TOP REASONS TO BUY AND EAT ORGANIC PRODUCE:
✓ FUTURE GENERATIONS. Children are more sensitive to cancer-causing pesticides in foods than adults. I try to keep this in mind with the produce they eat.
✓ WATER. Pesticides pollute over half of the United States’ primary source of drinking water.
✓ SAVE ENERGY. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate, and harvest all the crops in the United States.
HOW I MAKE THIS WORK FOR MY FAMILY:
Now, I fully understand that buying organic is not always an option. I also know that it is expensive. I do buy organic foods, but not every food in my home is organic. I typically try to buy organic meat when possible, and then I use this guide when deciding if I should pay the extra money for organic produce.
I hope this helps guide you as you shop :)
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