Why Go Organic?
Conventional farming operations commonly use pesticides on the foods they produce hoping for greater yields, but these pesticides are toxic to humans and particularly children. Studies show farm workers and communities in close proximity to pesticide application are at greater risk and over-spray can get on clothes and be carried home, endangering families.
What Does Organic Mean?
Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility, prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and promotes biodiversity. Certified organic means that the farmer has undergone a regular inspection of farm, facilities, ingredients and practices by an independent third party certifier, accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.
Are Organic Foods Really Better?
If you’ve ever wondered if there are real health benefits to eating organic foods consider this: Organic produce is always non-GMO! In a study comparing conventional vs Organic green vegetables: spinach, Chinese cabbage, bok choy, scallions and green pepper all had significantly higher antioxidants. Organic tomatoes are richer in lycopene 20% and vitamin C 30%. Conventional growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases. This can leave a residue on the produce. In 2014 the USDA’s strawberry tests found that 98 percent of strawberries sampled had residues of at least one pesticide. The dirtiest strawberry sample had 17 different pesticides. Organic apples have higher levels of antioxidants such as quercetin and other flavonoids. Even ketchup made from organic tomatoes has a higher antioxidant content than conventional ketchup.
The ” Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” List
These are the most important foods to buy ORGANIC FOOD:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
These foods are generally the lowest amount of pesticide spray residue. These are the Clean 15
- Sweet Corn (other than GMO)
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Honeydew Melon
Organic food is fresher, more filling and free of additives that could keep nutrients from being absorbed by your body.
Organic food tastes better because it’s real. Conventional growing methods often produce tough, mealy and/or tasteless fruits and vegetables, compared to organic. So, is organic food really important? I believe so.
I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health. A step-by-step approach to good health. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.