Why buy organic?
I always promote buying and eating organic food but many people are unsure if they should and if it is worth their money. In this blog, I touch on 5 reasons why you should buy organic produce and organic, free range, pasture raised meat. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your health today and also for your health in the future.
What are the benefits of eating organic?
1. Less toxic load on the body:
No synthetic chemicals (such as herbicides, insecticides, fungacides) are able to be used on organic produce. The synthetic chemicals used on conventionally grown crops often have chemical residues on them that our bodies have to deal with.
2. No GMO's.
Organic produce do not contain any genetically modified (GM) crops. GM crops include soy, canola, corn, cotton, potato, rice, and sugarbeet. GM crops are often sprayed with glycophosate (e.g. Roundup) which has been shown to have numerous health effects and also destroys the gut lining which can lead to leaky gut and other digestive issues.
There has also been a lot of controversy over the labeling of genetically modified food products. Processed foods that contain GM highly refined ingredients do not need to be labelled as such. We are the test subjects of these foods as there have been no long term studies of eating GM foods and we do not know what the long term health effects are of eating GMO’s. It is another reason to avoid processed and packaged foods, and to always check ingredient statements.
3. Better for the soil
With organic food, care is taken to protect the health of the soil. Farmers that follow organic farming practices have to ensure the soil is prepared properly before growing organic food and this takes approx. 3 years for it to be done. The 3 years prior to being ‘certified organic’ are classified as ‘organic in conversion’ and it is important to support these farmers during this period as their goal and intention is to farm organically.
Food is only as healthy as the soil it is grown in. The soil is the mother of everything that emerges from it. Soil has microorganisms in it which affects the life of the plant and our food, and how we treat the soil affects how the plants will grow. Spraying chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on crops destroys the top layer of soil where all the microorganisms are. This destruction of the microorganisms results in the destruction of plants, animals and ultimately us (humans) who depend on them. If the plants are sprayed with toxic chemicals, it makes them sick and without a life force, and then when we eat it we also become sick. Organic farming helps maintain the health and life of the soil. Vote with your dollar and support organic farming.
4. Better for our health
In 2001, Virginia Worthington MS, ScG, CNS compared organic and biodynamic crops to conventionally farmed crops. She reviewed published comparisons and found that organic crops have higher nutrient levels and lower levels on toxicity compared to conventionally grown crops. The journal article in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine states: “Organic crops contained significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates than conventional crops. There were non-significant trends showing less protein but of a better quality and a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with lower amounts of some heavy metals in organic crops compared to conventional ones”1.
Animals grown in natural environments, fed a diet that nature designed them to eat, grow up healthier and happier. They are often less stressed than conventionally raised animals that are grown in confined spaces, fed antibiotics/growth hormones to grown quicker, and are much highly stressed. Eating animals that are diseased and unhappy and grown in unnatural environments has a profound effect on our health. They also have different proportions of proteins, fats and carbs, e.g. organic pasture raised, free range animals have higher omega 3 levels than conventionally raised animals. Remember, you are what you eat eats.
5. Organic food is more fresh.
Especially if you buy it from local farmers markets where you can meet the farmer and buy directly from them. I find when I do this, the produce lasts longer as it has had to pass through less hands to get to me. I also prefer to support local farmers rather than buying organic produce from Coles or Woolies (although this does come in handy when I need or run out of something). But the majority of my produce is bought from the farmers markets every Saturday. I find that it is a bit cheaper than buying organic produce from supermarkets. I also like taking my son with me so he can see where real fresh produce comes from.
Yes, organic food is more expensive but I always believe you get what you pay for. Think of quality over quantity. Would you rather pay the farmer or the doctor? I know I would rather pay and support the farmers because without them we would have no fresh produce. Remember, when you buy organic, you are not only improving the health of yourself and your family, but you are also supporting the environment....for us and for future generations. Vote with your dollar. Support local farmers who are doing the best for their land, for us and for the environment. Always make sure when you buy organic that it is 'certified organic'.
Whatever diet you follow, be that wholefoods, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high fat low carb, etc, you will only be as healthy as the quality of your food. You should always pick 'Certified Organic' regardless of what diet plan you may follow.
If you would like further information on why you should eat organic food and how it can serve you to have a better quality of life, then contact me below or send me a message. If you need advice on where to buy organic food then msg me below. I can work with you to instil positive lifestyle changes and get your life back into balance.
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1Reference: Worthington, V. M.S., Sc.D., C.N.S. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol 7, No. 2, 2001, pp. 161-173. Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains. http://ucanr.edu/datastoreFiles/608-794.pdf
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