Eating organic is something we can do both for ourselves and the planet. It makes you feel safe, healthy, and ‘green.’ It is a subject near and dear to my heart.
For the 12 foods listed below, eating organic is much more than a ‘feeling.’ They have been proven to be often drenched in deadly chemicals, so you don’t ever want to put them in your body unless they have that ‘certified organic’ sticker!
There are some other foods that don’t get as much spraying, so you can get away with non-organic for those foods if you have to. Make sure you know the difference!
Why Eat Organic?
1. Better health through reduced allergies and diseases
Organic food is not raised using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Therefore, it does not contain any traces of these strong chemicals that can affect the human body. This is particularly important for children, fetuses, pregnant women, and/or people with sensitive immune or digestive systems.
2. Better health through more nutrition
Care and maintenance of soil, plus preventive farming methods like crop rotation, create fruits and vegetables that contain up to 50% more vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients than commercially farmed foods.
3. Better taste and quality
Many people believe that because organic is produced in smaller, closer farms, it gets the perfect balance of nutrition, and that attention that creates healthier plants.
4. Save the environment
As harmful chemicals are not used in organic farming, there is minimal soil, air and water pollution, thus ensuring a safer world for future generations to live in.
5. Animal welfare
Animal welfare is an important aspect of producing organic milk, organic meat, organic poultry, and organic fish. People, while eating organic animal products, can feel happy that the animals are not confined to a miserable caged life.
By choosing organic you automatically eliminate genetically modified crops. We are just now beginning to be understood the problems of genetic modification for our bodies and the world.
Why Wouldn’t You Eat Organic?
1. It’s expensive; sometimes two or three times the price. This just doesn’t seem fair.
2. The selection of organic produce is not extensive enough.
3. Some stores don’t sell enough organic so the produce sits too long before sale.
Next page: List of toxic foods.