On my mind lately has been the topic of organic versus ‘conventional’ food.
It must have been about a year ago, if not more, since I started purchasing and eating almost exclusively organically grown food (as with anything; I am lenient when eating outdoors) and I still consider it one of the best dietary choices I have made. Here’s why;
The Benefits of Organic Produce
Organic Food is More Nutritious
I am, still, baffled anytime someone questions this. Yes, there is a body of evidence ‘concluding’ conventionally grown produce has just as many nutrients as organic produce. There is also a, probably just as large, body of evidence concluding organic produce has many times more essential nutrients than non-organic fruits and veggies. It’s time to start thinking, and feeling, for ourselves, since scientists can’t seem to make up their $#@&^* mind (what else is new eh?)
Plants draw their nutrients from the soil. The richer, healthier the soil, the healthier the crops that grow on it. Organic (and especially bio-dynamic) soils are kept healthy by the farmers so they can repel insects and bugs naturally. Insects are drawn to sickly plants. Healthy crops attract birds that scare away insects. See how nature takes care of itself with its infinite wisdom? The only reason we ‘need’ to spray our crops is because we don’t treat the soil with respect (serves us right). It only stands to reason, then, that farmers who make an effort to keep their soil healthy, will produce more nutrient-rich crops.
A second important matter to consider is fertilization. Did you know non-organic crops are fertilized with a chemical fertilizer that only contains 3 nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus & potassium)? Now tell me, would you thrive on a 3 ingredient diet? I don’t think so!
Especially when it comes to eating fruits and root vegetables (beets, potatoes, carrots), this stuff matters! Sugars can be quite unbalancing and acid-forming for the body, when not enough minerals are consumed . When you eat non-organic fruits and root vegetables (also rich in sugars), this will be too much sugar with too little minerals to balance the whole lot out. Organic fruits and vegetables are richer in minerals, making them less harsh and acid-forming.
Organic Food isn’t Sprayed With Poison
If you eat non organic produce, you are literally eating poison with every bite. There is no other way of saying it, unless you are in denial.
Pesticides, poisonous chemicals, are sprayed on conventionally grown produce with one intend only; to kill living organisms. Why would you even risk putting this in your body, or the bodies or your children? Surely enough the governments loves to have us believe these chemicals are harmless. I call bull shit. Industrialized farming, including their nasty pesticides, hasn’t been around that long. God knows the kind of effect these chemicals have on our bodies long term. Pesticide levels must stay below a certain ‘threshold’ in order for them to be ‘safe’ for human ingestion. But what about the build up of all these accumulated pesticides in our bodies over the years, decades? Moreover, have they tested the effect these poisons can influence on each other when combined? Sure, thifensulfuron-methyl and chlorophacinone may be safe in and of themselves (I doubt it), but they may create a shitstorm of trouble when you combine them. And we silly humans like to eat a big variety of food over the course of a day, week, a year. Whoops!
Did you know that very recently three independent scientific papers found that a very commonly used pesticide, organophosphate (OP), decreases IQ levels and increases the incidence of ADD in children? And did you know OPs have also been linked to increased suicide and depression rates? Yet with all this, OPs are still one of the most widely used pesticides across the world. They are commonly used as insecticides on grains, fruit and vegetables, yet they were originally developed during World War II for chemical warfare as nerve gases.
Every year an estimated 3 million agricultural workers experience severe pesticide poisoning, out of which approximately 18,000 die (note: this is in the US only. Statistics would be much higher worldwide). This is just from handling the substance sprayed on the food, not from actually ingesting the food (and no, pesticide residue isn’t something you can wash off). Atrazine (which is banned in the European Union) is known for being one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, particularly in the U.S. It’s also known to be a carcinogen linked to thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer, leukemia, and lymphoma. Methyl iodide, a pesticide and proven carcinogen purported to be “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth”, was just pulled from the U.S. market in March due to overwhelming protest when it was approved for use on strawberries.
Ugh ugh ugh!
Keeping poisons out of your body, whenever possible, is just as important as getting the nutrients in!
Organic Food Tastes Better
I know. Not many people believe this, but I have to say, it’s true. I was never able to taste the difference either. It took me some time eating all organic, and mostly raw & vegan, for my tastebuds to become sensitized enough. I won’t claim I can taste the difference always, and with some types of fruit or veggies the difference in taste isn’t very obvious (like zucchini). But for most of the produce – it is. I will never forget biting into supermarket strawberries this past summer with excitement – they looked so big, plump, red. The taste was a complete turn off though. Watery, squishy, and just not ‘quite right’.
So. Not. Worth. It!
In short, by choosing organic food I show respect to nature and to my body. By paying a little more for my food it helps me treating my food with more respect (no overeating, being mindful of not wasting food). There are other valuable reasons too (like supporting local agriculture, avoiding GMO’s, and veganism – spraying food purposefully kills insects and other small animals), these are just my main reasons.
I choose organic food because I am worth it.
What are your reasons for eating organic (or not)?