Buying organic foods, including organic produce, organic meat (animals that are grassfed or fed organic grains), and organic cooking/baking products (oils, sweeteners, etc.) is important for healthy people and a healthy planet.
There are major differences between conventionally and organically grown produce. For one thing, there are requirements that farmers have to meet in order for their crops to be “certified organic.”
Here are a few:
NO synthetic chemicals can be used on or in organic crops, including sewage sludge, pesticides, herbicides, GMO, or additives
The soil/land upon which the organic crops are grown cannot be treated with chemicals
There must be a barrier or distinct separation between organic and nonorganic crops
Farmers must undergo inspections and comply with the above mentioned regulations
Organic crops generally contain more minerals and vitamins
For meat, animals are generally treated humanely, fed an organic diet, and not treated with synthetic growth hormones
Just imagine what is going in or on your produce if these regulations aren’t in place. Some people are under the impression that buying conventional produce with thicker skins is acceptable because the fruit inside is protected. Not only is this not the case, but it’s not the point. Supporting organic farmers is supporting healthy soil, healthy animals and insects (including bees!), and so much more.
Why conventionally grown produce is killing the earth and us:
Herbicides like the dreaded Round
Up is contaminating the soil. It claims to be biodegradable, however it’s idea of “biodegradable” is staying in the soil for years and years, trickling down and contaminating ground water supplies, all while killing organisms in the soil, killing amphibians, producing super weeds, producing herbicideresistent plants, and creating health problems for humans who will inevitably be ingesting it
Pesticides follow suit
GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) have been shown (in multiple tests) to cause terminal cancer in a large percentage of lab mice tested
Animals are often fed nonorganic food, including throwaway items that humans wouldn’t imagine eating, in addition to being treated with antibiotics (because viruses spread like crazy when you are in a filthy, confined living space for the majority of your life)
You may read articles stating that there is no significant difference in nutritional value of conventional or organic crops, but in a way, that aspect is not too important. Eating your fruits and veggies is significant to anyone’s health, period. The cumulative effect of pesticides in your body is, however, a major difference between the two, not to mention all of the reasons stated above.
Tips for buying Organic:
I understand that organicallygrown food is more expensive than conventional, but it’s important for you, your kids, and the planet.
Buy local from farmer’s markets when you can
Shop around. There are some stores that will have better deals than others
Buy what is in season. It will tend to be cheaper
Start your own organic garden
Hopefully this information will help you make better decisions when shopping for food. Remember, if it’s not good for you, then it’s probably not good for the planet, and vise versa.