September 2014

organic or not … that shouldn’t be much of a question!

I want to talk about eating organic with you. Do you ever consider eating more organic? Do you wonder what it is all about? Is it just a hype? And what about all the drama you hear in the news? So often you hear that it’s all a lie and some farmers or companies cheat and the food isn’t really organic … so confusing, isn’t it?
But also don’t worry too much, there are still foods which are ok not being organic, some food choices on the other hand a crucial. I will explain what are the pro’s and con’s for your choices.

Let me show you a simple calculation to break down how are the chances of eating organic or not.
Let’s say you buy 80% organic labelled food, 20% is not organic. In case the big lie catches you and only half of the food is truly organic. Out of all the food you eat there is still 40% of your intake being organic.
Now let’s say you don’t buy any organic food at all. Lies about food or not, guess what are the chances of having any organic intake by accident in your life now? Do you see where I am going?

It is as easy as this: IF YOU DONT BUY ORGANIC NONE OF YOUR FOOD WILL BY ANY CHANCE BE ORGANIC, END OF STORY! … but, keep on reading …

Many people can’t afford to buy all organic all the time. You should know you don’t have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination. This list from the Environmental Working Group tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which ones are least contaminated. Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family – even if you can’t buy entirely organic foods.
Watch out … here’s what you need to know about the so called:
THE DIRTY DOZEN              vs.              THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
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Originally, all foods were “organic.” They were grown and prepared without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or irradiation. Foods were unrefined, whole, or minimally processed. Since World War II and the advent of chemical farming and food processing, the soils and foods of much of the world have been depleted of many important minerals and nutrients.

Our food these days is not only deficient in nutrients, but also full of pollutants and farming chemicals. The modern process of denaturing foods via heavy refining and chemical treatment deeply affects the life force of our food supply, making it difficult to foster equilibrium and health.

Pesticides have been shown to create extra work for the immune system, causing cancer and disease in the liver, kidneys, and blood. Pesticides accumulate in the organs, resulting in a weakened immune system, allowing carcinogens and pathogens to filter into the body. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict natural procedures.

Top six reasons to buy and eat organic foods:

Chemicals – Pesticides are poison, designed to kill living organisms. Many pesticides were approved long before extensive research linked them to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is a way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, water, and food supply.

Future generations – Children are four times more sensitive to cancer-causing pesticides in foods than adults.

Water – Pesticides pollute over half of the United States’ primary source of drinking water.

Organic farmers – Three billion tons of topsoil erodes from croplands in the U.S. each year, and much of it is due to conventional farming practices, which often ignore the health of the soil.4 Organic agriculture respects the balance necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

Save energy – More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate, and harvest all the crops in the United States.

Help small farmers – Although more and more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small and independently owned and operated. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can demand fair prices for crops.

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