Hey friends!! So I often get the question, “Should I Buy Organic,” and I think it’s an important topic to discuss. We hear that organic is better, but it can also be more expensive. So what is the verdict on Organic? Let’s find out:
First, lets start with, “What is Organic?“: According to the National Organic Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farmers use renewable resources and growing methods that conserve soil and water. Crops are produced without conventional chemical pesticides and without fertilizers made with synthetic materials or sewage. Antibiotics, growth hormones, and feed made from animal parts are also banned. Organic regulations also prohibit bioengineering or irradiation in processing. (Here is a simple checklist of what the “Organic” label includes)
Why Organic? : Organic food advocates say organic food is safer,& possibly more nutritious, and is better for the environment. Not to mention, it also taste a lot better! (Here’s a great article on the subject and here’s another)
GMO’s(Genetically Modified Foods): According to the NON-GMO Project, ” …GMO’s are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). ” GMO foods are band in 30 countries because they are not considered safe, however, the US is not one of them.
Organic Meat & Dairy: I often hear from people I meet, “It’s ok if I buy dairy & meat if it’s organic, it’s healthier & it’s humane.” Actually that’s not true. Although, animals raised on organic farms for meat, eggs, or dairy products eat organic feed, have access to pasture, and are free of antibiotics and growth hormones, the animals are not treated any more humanely in the slaughterhouses (for more on slaughterhouses please check out this link). The dairy & meat you consume will still have cholesterol & dairy will still have CASEIN (a protein that has been linked to cancer). (For more on why you should stop eating dairy NOW please check out the China Study, a 30+ year study on the links between disease and nutrition, largely funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Cancer Society, and the American institute for Cancer Research, and later by Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.)
What sort of foods should you buy Organic? These foods include the foods you eat most often (e.g. your favorite fruits, grains, beans, salad mix, etc) as well as foods that are considered the most “dirty”, meaning they have the most pesticides. Check out my list below:
Safe to Buy Non-Organic:
- Sweet Peas
- Bananas (I’ve read different arguments for this one, so it’s up to you)
- Foods you eat most often ( KEZIA JAURON of EVOLUTUS PR made a great point & I wanted to share it with you ” Yes, strawberries are “dirtier” than kiwi, but if you rarely buy strawberries, it is probably not worth the extra $4. If it’s something you eat every day or several times a week – whether it’s kale or rice – it’s worth budgeting for the organic version.” )
- Corn (others say it’s ok to buy Non-Organic because it doesn’t have as many pesticides as other crops, however, the monopolization by money hungry companies & government subsidizing of these companies has destroyed the lives of many corn farmers, including those who were growing traditional MAIZ/Corn in Mexico, check out this link for more)
- Bell peppers
- Domestic Blueberries
- Collard Greens
- Peanut Butter (especially if your kids eat a lot of it)
- Baby Food (start your baby off right)
What if I can’t afford Organic? Even if you can’t eat 100% organic you are better off eating tons of beautiful fresh vegetables & fruits, than not. The health benefits of conventionally grown produce far outweigh potential risks from pesticide exposure. In fact, simply by washing your produce you are getting rid of a lot of the bacteria & pesticide residue.
-Shop at farmer’s markets for great deals on Organic Produce
-Look for sales at your local market. One of my local non-health-food market has been carrying organic Blueberries for $2, at a large health-food store they go for up to $5 for that same size.
- Sign up for a CSA box (Community Supported Agriculture), you get tons of Organic Locally grown produce at a great price. Split the cost with a friend if it’s too much food. (we love the one from the South Central Farm)
-Farm Fresh to You will deliver to your home.
- For more shopping tips check out my NRGY’s 17 tips for Grocery Shopping
So should everything you buy be organic? I would say ideally yes, however, you have to figure out if it’s within your budget & how accessible is it. Remember, however, that there are certain foods that you should always try to buy organic, for your health, for your family, for the environment.
-PEACE & NRGY
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