Friday, September 9, 2011

Why Organic? Why local?

      There are many reasons to try and shop organically whenever possible.  If you are trying to heal from disease or just keep healthy,  then the first reason that jumps into your mind is to keep toxins, (like pesticides and herbicides) out of your body.  Yet there are so many other important reasons to look for that organic sticker.
      I always believed that buying organic food was important and better for my family.  Yet, I was always hung up by the higher prices.  How could we afford to feed a family of five on all organic food and stay in our budget?   When we went to a whole foods diet we eliminated prepacked foods, meats and most dairy from our grocery trips which allowed me to purchase organic foods without much of an increase to our budget! Plus, eating a whole foods diet satisfies you more so you don't need to fill up on empty calorie, prepackaged foods!  Check out how different fruits and vegetables rank in their levels of pesticides here!

Here are some more reasons to consider organic and local food:

  • Organic farming keeps the land clean and safe and allows living things to grow without harmful toxins.  Not only do poisons get into the land, food, and living things but the toxins also run off into oceans and rivers, (not to mention the air), all of which further pollutes the environment.
  • One of my favorite reasons to purchase organic foods is because it benefits the small farmer/business!  Face it, we live in a world where the mega-marts have squashed the "mom and pop "stores and have almost caused small farms to vanish.  How and where we spend our money is a great power that we have.  I rather give my money to a local farmer than to one of the giant companies any day. Not to mention we love to go to the local farm and pick our dinner!
  • The food tastes better! (that might sound like an opinion, but I'm sticking to it!)
  • If you don't want to eat genetically modified food, (food designed through science and not nature), then you need to shop organically.  You can't rely on the label to tell you that the ingredients were genetically altered because we don't have that labeling law in the U.S.A. We don't know what the outcome will be for the population that consumes genetically modified food because it is such new technology.
  •  Toxins are spread to our unborn children!  "Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. In fact, our nation is now reaping the results of four generations of exposure to agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not on children’s. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility."  (from organic.org)                                                                                                                                                                  
Check out this article from organic.org for more reasons why choosing organic is best for your health, your community and the planet!

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