5 reasons you should go organic & never look back
Not long ago I was like many and thought organic was just a chi-chi front to make people feel better about forking out 9 dollars for a carton of blueberries.
Blissfully unaware, and holding onto my wallet tightly, I was certain I was doing my body and the environment just fine by purchasing good ol’ conventional fruits and veggies.
As it happens, a few hours of research, a couple Netflix doc’s and an open mind will inform you that eating organic is not just about looking conscious- chic in the grocery store checkout. (But hey, whatever works for ya)
1) it just tastes better
Let’s get this out of the way shall we? There is now scientific evidence to confirm what our taste buds have known all along: organic food is more likely to taste better, sweeter and have a better flavour profile
Those big, bland and disappointing supermarket strawberries sold by the carton for 2.99? Yeah, NOT what we are dreaming about biting into on a warm summers day. Nature’s candy simply tastes better when raised in harmony with it’s environment-not to mention sans 9 hour flight across North America.
A farmer growing for local markets has the advantage of not shipping their product long distances. The local farmer doesn’t need to select varieties because they ‘can handle a beating on the rough road’ or because their unnaturally long shelf life.
Local, organic farmers are more apt to choose varieties based on flavour, rather than durability and yield (rubbery supermarket tomatoes, I am looking at you)
2) its more nutrient-dense
Pesticides aside, organic foods are simply higher in nutritional profile compared to foods produced with toxic chemicals, chemical fertilizers and GMO seeds.
Studies show that organic foods contain more vitamins, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and important trace minerals. After all, organic produce tends to be grown in higher quality, more mineral-rich soil. In addition, the growing conditions, harvesting methods and timing all come into play to give you the most nutritious bang for your buck.
Not to be missed, organic food most often travels less of a distance after harvesting, equating to less nutrition loss before it reaches your belly.
3) it lowers your toxic load
It is undisputable that organic foods contain fewer pesticide residues than non-organics, and that is reason alone to switch to the ‘O’ side. As our bodies fill with toxins from a lifetime of consuming pesticide residues, chemicals, and processed foods, it can slowly begin to function at less than 100%.
Toxic buildup is like internal ‘sludge’ that accumulates in the body, slows down your body functions and can make you sick over time. There may not be immediate proof of effects, but years of pesticide consumption can show its face later in life as a range health issues from skin rashes to cancer.
For those who choose to consume animal products there is an even better reason to switch from conventional:
Animals raised organically are not allowed to be fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone or other artificial drugs. Animals are also not allowed to eat genetically modified foods. The animals are raised in a healthier environment, fed organic feed, and often eat a wider range of nutrients than those raised in factory farms.
4) kinder to your environment
Would you believe non-organic farming and factory farms are the largest sources of water pollution, soil erosion, wetlands destruction and greenhouse gas emissions? Scary, Huh?
While cars, factories and deforestation are often in the spotlight- conventional farming and ranching has a gastronomical impact on the environment. Use of fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides on plants diminishes soil quality and leads to persistent soil contamination. Many pesticides currently used in farming are considered persistent organic pollutants, which build up and multiply (yikes!) in biological entities (aka our bodies) with a damaging impact on human health and immunity.
Likewise, pesticide use has a devastating harms many of our helpless animal friends. It has been implicated in colony collapse disorder, a serious condition reducing the number of bees available to pollinate plants. Colony collapse disorder presents a very serious threat to worldwide food supply.
Other environmental impacts include:
- Antibiotic resistance from feed animals feed antibiotics
- Fetal development problems in all species
- Soil depletion
- Air and groundwater pollution
- Harm to endangered species
- Hormonal changes in animals
- Contamination of drinking water
5) you support local
While organic factory farms certainly exist, by choosing locally grown, seasonal, organic produce you are supporting the little guy who are becoming fewer and fewer in number.
Farmers that exist in your own home town support the local economy by providing adequate jobs, while giving back to the environment through conscious and sustainable farming.
Purchasing foods from local farmers also decreases the travel time our produce has from farm- to- kitchen table, lightening the load of carbon emissions and use of fossil fuels.
Ready to ditch Walmart? You can find local, organic foods at nearby farmers’ markets, produce stands- there are even organic delivery services that will come to YOU!
it’s in your hands
Its reassuring to know that by shelling out a little extra for those gorgeous organic asparagus, you are getting more than just a label.
Eating organic foods is your vote for a more sustainable environment, while lessening your risk for toxicity-related health issues & keeping your local economy thriving. Cheers to the little guy!