In recent years there has been alot of buzz about going organic. I try to buy as many organic products as I can afford (tomorrow I will write about going organic on a budget) and feel that my family benefits from this. When I first started understanding the importance of organic products I was appalled about what really goes on in the food industry. I am by no means even remotely perfect at buying organic but I am making an effort. If an organic super spy came to my house they would throw me in the your an organic fraud jail. I think I could plead innocence because I do not profess to be more than a wannabe so you genuine health nuts go easy on me. I really do the best I can as far as purchasing organic and you will see why below.
What Does Organic Really Mean??
An organic product is raised, grown, and processed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics or hormones. Only farmers who produce food according to USDA organic standards and become certified by an independent third-party accredited agent can label their product as "certified organic" (with the exception of very small farms with sales under $5000 annually).
Why You Should Consider Going Organic
**Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.
**Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
**Organic production reduces health risks. 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 the air, earth and water that sustain us.
**Taste Better and Truer Flavor. Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin!
** Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.
I found some additional information on which foods you should purchase if you are on a budget and can only choose a few organic items and I will put that in tomorrow's post. So, if you are like me and have to pick and choose you will know which ones are more important than others as far as organic goes. I also support my local farmers market which is a great way to buy produce at a reasonable price. So, please check back over the next few days and check out organics on a budget.
Yes, go organic whenever possible...that's what I do too!ReplyDelete
Great post Heidi :) I'm like you, I also try to buy organic when I can too, but we also have a bit of both organic and non-organic in our house. I do notice the taste difference with the organic. I look forward to your next post though about eating organic on a budget...that's the other consideration...the budget :)ReplyDelete
Organic produce is the best. Too bad they are so expensive. I'm looking forward to reading your article on how to go organic on a budget.ReplyDelete
I totally agree we should try to go organic as much as possible! I think it's impossible to go 100% organic but as long as we do our best, I think that should be good enough.ReplyDelete
Eating organic food on a budget? Now, that's interesting! I shall wait for your next post! : )
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Organic...back to the basics!!!ReplyDelete
Just too bad clean living has to be more expensive! Your local farmers' market is a great place to shop for organic product!
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Right on as usual. But we have to remember that organics also do not have preservatives, so be careful with the shelf life.
Not just organic, I am trying to cut out nitrites in the family, which are found in almost everything processed. It is a hard transition, as some of the healthiest foods you won't find in grocery chains.ReplyDelete
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