What are the advantages of organic
healthy food choice? And how do you determine what foods are
Organic foods are better for you for these important reasons:
- Organic food is healthier – You won’t be poisoned by pesticide &
- Organic food is safer – You won’t be a guinea pig for GMO
- is more enjoyable – Your food will taste better
- Organic food is more sustainable – You will be helping the
- Organic food is cost effective – You get better
on medical bills long term
- A poison-free body
Our nation is now reaping the results of four generations of
exposure to and industrial chemicals. According to the
National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioural 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. It’s no wonder
that there are more instances of cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart
disease, in the last 75 years, when more and more chemicals were
used to produce food.
Pesticides are chemicals used to prevent, destroy, or repel pests.
Many experts caution that they have been linked to birth defects,
neuroblastoma (an increasingly common brain cancer), leukaemia in
children, and , among other health problems.
Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive
research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases.
Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these
chemicals from getting into our air, earth and water as well as our
By eating organically grown food, you won’t be poisoning your body
with pesticide & herbicide residues.
- No Live experiments
Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our
food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our crop land is
planted in . Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance
against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food
supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and
federal regulatory teeth.
Beef and dairy cattle are notoriously fed growth hormones and
antibiotics. Also many toxins — such as pesticides — are
lipophilic, or “fat-loving,” so they accumulate in the animals’
fatty tissues and are then released into their milk. Toxins can
then pass into any products made from that milk, including butter,
cheese, and yoghurt.
Organic dairy and meats have higher concentrations of beneficial
fats called conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs), according to Alan
Greene, MD, author of (Jossey-Bass, 2007). These
fats may reduce the risk of eczema and help boost overall immunity,
among other health perks.
Eating organic foods assures you that you are not an involuntary
subject of a “ experiment.”
- Better taste
Organic food may cost more, but it’s generally tastier and more
nutritious (that varies with the quality of soil used for growing).
It makes sense that produce tastes yummier when raised in harmony
with nature. Research verifies that some organic produce is often
lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional
food. That’s because well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy
plants that are more nourishing food for people and animals.
When plants are grown in a natural environment, in organic soils,
they have more nutrients, and more nutrients means better taste.
- Improving the environment
Mono-cropping and dependency has taken a toll
with a loss of top soil estimated at a cost of $40 billion per year
in the U.S., according to David Pimental of . Add
to this an equally disturbing loss of micro- nutrients and minerals
in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter
instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilisers has proven to
increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and
minerals found in organic food.
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of
organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils. If
you visit an organic farm and you’ll notice the sounds of animal,
bird and insect activity. These organic farms are thriving, diverse
habitats where beneficial insects, and indigenous animals find
these farms a safe haven.
An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial
farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a
focus on high farm yields.
Whenever you buy organic, you’re casting a powerful vote to help
transform an entire agricultural system. For example, organic cows
eat organic feed and graze on pasture during the growing season. So
by buying organic milk, you have just reduced the use of pesticides
and on millions of acres of worldwide farmland
dedicated to growing livestock feed.
- Cutting medical bills
When you eat organic food, you are giving your body better
nutrition and that results in a stronger immune system, less
illness, less chance of high risk diseases such as cancer, heart
disease, and stroke. And the healthier you are, the less money you
spend on medical bills.
So although you may pay more for organic, you save money in the
long run on health costs. In addition, because organic farmers
don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do, the
price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing food.
Agriculture, production, and consumption is important. Organic food
fundamental to an optimally healthy vegetarian diet. Realising
that sometimes organic isn’t easily available, and that one can’t
all be organic all the time, but we should make it a priority. When you
use healthy vegetarian recipes, going organic will make the
meals tastier and healthier.
The more we demand organic, the more it happens. A wonderful goal would be for
everything our culture consumes to be automatically and
unquestionably organic – like it was for thousands of years, until
less than 100 years ago!
Find lists of non-gmo foods at http://truefoodsnow.org, or http://greenpeace.org.
Books to read are “Seeds of Deception“, and “Genetic Roulette” by
Jeffrey M. Smith, and “Genetically Altered Foods and Your Health”
by Ken Roseboro.
- Should You Go Organic? (lifescript.com)
- The Facts of Pesticide Use and Non-organic Farming (nutrition.suite101.com)
- Guv cand Hawkins (G-NY): Organic Farming Stops Toxic Pesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers, Strengthen NYS Food Policy Council (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- How Stuff Works: Organic food prices (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Study Finds Organic Ag Produces More Nutritious Fruit and Better Soil (food.change.org)
- Organic Food Festival 2010, Bristol (realfoodlover.wordpress.com)
- Organic Produce (lifescript.com)