Why choose organic?

As we pick foods to fill our pantries, we are faced with a vast number of questions. What's for dinner this week? How many tomatoes do I need for that soup? What kind of bread do I want? The list goes on.  And then there's a question that might send a twinge of guilt down your spine: should I buy organic? Organic foods are often more expensive than non-organic foods, but for good reason. Here's a run down of why we believe buying organic is the best choice you can make.


What makes a food “organic”?

A 100% organic food is grown or produced with:

  • no synthetic pesticides
  • only natural fertilizer 
  • no irradiation treatment
  • no synthetic ingredients
  • chemical free transplants  

Are non-organic foods really that bad?

Yes! There are both biological and environmental consequences to consuming non-organic foods according to the National Resource Defense Council. 

  • Biological:
    • Pesticides are stored in the colon and produce far-reaching negative effects, many of which we're just discovering. 
      • Acute effects include: skin/eye/nerve irritation, headaches, nausea, fatigue
      • Chronic effects include: cancer, neurodevelopment diseases, endocrine disruption 
    • Non-organic foods also have lower nutrient density.
  • Environmental:
    • Pesticides deplete and contaminate the soil, weaken plant root and immune systems, and harm beneficial agricultural insects. 

Case in point: the apple

Apples are a favorite around this time of year, as they find their way into many apple pies and cups of apple cider alike. But did you know that apples have been found to have the residue of 47 pesticides, according to the USDA pesticide data program? Among these are 6 known carcinogens, 16 suspected hormone disruptors, 5 neurotoxins, 6 developmental or reproductive toxins, and 11 honeybee toxins. 

Apples are a part of the "dirty dozen" as one of the 12 foods found to have the highest levels of pesticide residue. The complete list includes: 
apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas and potatoes.

 

Bottom Line: Pay your doctor or pay your farmer.

Choosing organic is an investment in health, happiness and harmony!