Saturday, March 24, 2012

Are You Ready To Go Organic? Part Two

12 Reasons to eat organic!

 1. They’re free of neurotoxins - toxins that are damaging to brain and nerve cells. A commonly-used class of pesticides called organophosphates was originally developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I. When there was no longer a need for them in warfare, industry adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins.
2. Most organic food simply tastes better than the pesticide-grown counterparts.

 3. Organic food is higher in nutrients - In study after study, research from independent organizations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditional foods. Research shows that organic produce is higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium.
4. They’re supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies. Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use (and therefore safety).

5. They are real food, not pesticide factories. 18 percent of all genetically-modified seeds (and therefore foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides. Research shows that these seeds may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them! Foods that are actually pesticide factories. The food that keeps on giving!

 6. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water - The EPA estimates that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem.
7. Organic food is earth-supportive - Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future. Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.
8. Organic farms are safer for farm workers - Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a 70 percent increase in Parkinson’s disease among people exposed to pesticides. Choosing organic foods means that more people will be able to work on farms without incurring the higher potential health risk of Parkinson's, cancer or other illnesses.
 9. Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk - The EPA considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides potentially cancer-causing. It is reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.
10. Organic meat lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and drugs that find their way into the animals and ultimately into you.
11. Organic food is tried and tested - By some estimates genetically-modified food makes up 80% of the average person’s food consumption. Genetic modification of food is still experimental. Avoid being part of this wide scale and uncontrolled experiment.
12. Organic food supports greater biodiversity - Diversity is fundamental to life on this planet. Genetically-modified and non-organic food is focused on high yield monoculture and is destroying biodiversity.

It's sad to think that what you're eating could be eating you!


Rebecca said...

Great post! I knew some of these things, but I learned a lot too. :) Thanks for the great info on the benefits of eating organic!

Stephanie said...

Thanks Rebecca! I think it's super important to learn as much as we can about what we're putting in our bodies. We try to eat organic as much as possible! Keep reading and good luck!

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