why go organic?
Why Go Organic?
Protect Your Health
People who are interested in being as healthy as they can possibly be want to eat foods that are not contaminated with toxic metals, pesticides and the residue from antibiotic drugs that are fed to meat animals. They have learned that there are more than 3,000 potentially dangerous toxins in the United States food supply, and that there are laws in place that prevent foods labeled organic from containing these toxins. With this knowledge, it isn’t surprising that organic food has become the fastest growing sector of America’s farming and agriculture economy.
There are seven chemicals in particular that are used on our crops that are known to be difficult or impossible for the body to expel. Humans are walking around with these toxins in their bodies, which can cause multiple forms of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, multiple sclerosis, anemia, nerve damage, allergies, and many other health problems.
Organic food must meet certain standards in order to be certified as organic.
• No growth hormones may be used.
• No chemical pesticides to be used for 3 years prior to the present year’s growing season.
• No human waste or sewage sludge can be used as fertilizer.
• No genetic modification of any description will be tolerated.
How can we make sure we are not taking in pesticides whenever we sit down for a meal? We can choose to go organic and embrace the wealth of choices available to us in organically produced, pesticide free vegetables and fruits. The foods we eat must be organic, not merely natural. Natural foods may not have any sort of artificial ingredients, but they are still grown with the use of pesticides. Organic foods are grown according to guidelines that insure they have as much nutrition as possible and are certified pesticide free.
Enjoy the Benefits of Superfoods
There is a group of organic foods that have been dubbed as “Superfoods” for the powerful affect they can have on the human body now and even in the future. These foods can help to reduce your risk of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, and in some cases can even help to improve your mood! As a matter of fact, scientists and medical experts have estimated that 50 to 70 percent of illnesses could be eliminated and life expectancy increased if people would eat a basically healthy diet and include a variety of these Superfoods on a daily basis.
So what are these organic Superfoods that have almost medicinal qualities and can offer you such an incredible boost in health and vitality? Here is a list of some of them along with their benefits.
• Bananas contain loads of potassium which can help to lower your blood pressure. They also contain vitamin B6 which helps keep the skin and hair healthy.
• Berries, in particular fresh, dried or frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are bursting with antioxidants, which help to shield our bodies from stress, improve brain function, and have anti-cancer properties.
• Broccoli contains folic acid, which can help prevent heart disease. It also is a good source of lutein which can help prevent blindness from macular degeneration.
• Carrots are a concentrated source of beta carotene which can prevent strokes, uterine and stomach cancers.
• Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit not only contain a full day’s requirement of vitamin C but also nutrients called flavonoids which can lower cholesterol and stop blood clots from forming in the body. Even the peel of citrus fruits is packed with goodness. Limonene, the oil that smells so delicious when you cut into a citrus fruit, has been said to be a cancer inhibitor.
• Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and contains chemicals which can destroy cancer cells.
• Spinach is an amazing superfood! It can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, helps to prevent the occurrence of osteoporosis, and is loaded with vitamins A and C plus folic acid and magnesium which can help to control cancer.
• Tomatoes are full of lycopenes, which are antioxidants that are even more potent than vitamin C. These make our immune system stronger and can also help to slow down degenerative changes in the body.
Savor the Pure Taste of Nature
Have you noticed that some vegetables and fruits just don’t seem to taste as good as they did when you were a child? Apples that used to be crispy and juicy now seem to be rather dry and mealy. Carrots seem to have an odd, bitter taste. Potatoes are practically tasteless! And watermelon just isn’t as sweet. You may have just thought that your taste buds have changed since you have gotten older, but you haven’t changed – the food you are eating has changed.
It wasn’t too long ago that produce was grown without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, irradiation, and genetic modification. You could trust the oranges and pears, snow peas and yellow squash that you bought at the grocery store to be fresh and taste good. Now days, you might get lucky and bring home some fruit or vegetables that taste tolerable, but it’s like buying a grab bag… you just don’t know. Our government is urging us to eat more fruits and vegetables with a “5 a Day” campaign and yet has approved the use of poisons galore to be sprayed on our food while it is still in the field. “Fresh” produce tastes so different that a lot of people don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as they once did.
Organic fruits and vegetables are the answer to this problem. Free from poisons and genetic tampering which can alter the taste of these necessary foods and cause sometimes irreparable harm to our bodies, organic produce tastes the way fruits and vegetables were meant to taste.
Some people decide they aren’t going to pay the higher price for organic produce, and limit themselves to pesticide laden alternatives. They don’t realize that the organic foods are more expensive for a reason. It takes more time and care to produce a quality product, and part of this cost is passed on to the consumer. But, stop to consider that your health is priceless. The small extra cost of organic produce is well worth paying to insure good health and vitality.
Organic farming is as close to what Mother Nature intended as possible. Did you know that the soil is an ecosystem in and of itself? In organic farming, you feed the soil so it will in turn feed your plants. Farmers who have pledged to go organic do not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides to grow their vegetables and fruits. Instead, they make use of compost for fertilizer and also use a cover crop that is tilled into the soil to add nutrients, also known as green manure. They control any pests and also keep the soil productive by rotating their crops and using mechanical cultivation practices. This keeps any chemicals from finding their way into the air that we breathe, helping to cut down on air pollution.
No chemical fertilizer also means healthier soil. Good soil attracts worms, and worms attract other animals, some of them helpful predators which will further reduce the need for any sort of chemical additions. The amount and variety of chemicals added to produce grown in a non-organic manner is truly staggering.
Also, these toxic chemicals can slowly leach out of the soil and into our municipal water supplies; polluting them and making the water unfit to drink. This means more people buy bottled water, and our landfills are cluttered with the empty bottles! These take forever to break down, and are becoming a real problem due to their sheer volume. Organic farming is helping to rebuild healthy soil in our country. It helps to keep topsoil erosion in check, and also protects our groundwater. This in turn will help our water supply return to normal as the contaminants are filtered out naturally and with manmade devices.
Conventional agriculture takes the nutrients out of our soil at a rate that is up to 80 times faster than nature can replenish it. Too much soil depletion would mean that we would be eating vegetables and fruits with almost no natural vitamins and minerals other than the synthetic ones added to make up for the loss. Organic farming helps the foods we eat to retain their nutrition while at the same time allowing the all important soil to remain sustainable so that we can continue to enjoy nutrition the natural way.
Support Local Farmers
You probably feel good about your purchase when you get organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a nice feeling to know that the foods you are eating are as nutritious as possible, but there’s another reason why you can get a great deal of satisfaction from your pledge to go organic. Did you know that you are supporting your local farmers as well as the environment? Fresher food and a cleaner planet are just two of the reasons for you and your family to enjoy only organic foods.
Organic farming is usually a family affair, with all family members pitching in to help run the business. There are far fewer family farms in the United States than there were back in the day when such a thing was usual instead of unusual. But now, with the added demand for organic foods by savvy consumers, the number of organic farms to produce these foods and farmer’s markets as an outlet to distribute fresh produce has grown by leaps and bounds.
This kind of support tells the farmers that they are on the right track, and gives them an added incentive to make sure that the produce, eggs, beef, pork, poultry, cheeses and honey are of the finest quality. It helps these farmers to be able to stay in business, and can help to keep rural communities from slowly drifting into the city limits. Sustainable organic farming will insure that the family owned and operated farm that produced those tomatoes you enjoyed on your salad can continue to raise and sell organic products for years to come.