What does organic food or organically grown mean? It refers to food grown or produced without the use of modern synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizer, irradiation, industrial solvents or chemical food additives. It also is food not grown from genetically modified (GM) seeds, or fed GM food. Organic meats and dairy products come from animals not treated with recombinant growth hormones and antibiotics.
So what is all the fuss about? There is no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious- right? Plus they are expensive! So why choose organic, over those much prettier, less expensive fruits and vegetables??? You can just wash any pesticides off anyhow.
But, if organic food is the fasting growing sector in agriculture today, and no one is talking about it, there must be a benefit! As a trained scientist, I learned how to deal with facts, analysis and statistics, but working with my family I have no scientific protocols, controls etc, so all my data is anecdotal. However, when communities who choose to eat organically, see similar benefits, the correlations cannot be ignored.
My oldest son had autism and has the most sensitive taste buds known to man! He is a regular food critic in our house and can detect the smallest changes in a recipe. No fooling that kid!! When he recently commented to a family member, that the apple, they served him was not organic, they were probably a little offended. But, he can honestly taste the difference…. Plus he has no mind to mouth filter, so tends to speak his mind LOL. Since I started consistently buying all organic and locally produced vegetables, my family has eaten more of them. As you eat more and more organic and whole foods, you will notice your taste buds change. Conventional produce will have much less flavor.
We get sick less often and when we do get sick, we recover quickly. Because most of the food we eat is organic, I do not have to worry about the danger of GM foods, growth hormones in animal products and arsenic in chicken (yes, it’s true, industrialized poultry are fed arsenic to reduce infections-1). I also get to enjoy my fruit and veg while it is in season, rather than eating produce picked while unripe and flown thousands of miles to reach me.
There is an old saying, that a good product needs no advertising -When was the last time you saw a commercial for organic, locally grown broccoli? Most organic farms are small and privately owned. Buying from them, will ensure they thrive and that our families will get started on the path of optimal health.
While I believe, with everything in me, that we should all eat organic, all the time for optimal health, I know that is not always possible, and not possible for everyone. I also contend that conventionally grown kale is better than no kale at all, so I would urge you to meet yourself wherever you are.
Here is a list that can help guide you.
12 Most Contaminated / Dirty Dozen™ (-2)
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Grapes (Imported)
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries (Domestic)
- Kale / collard greens
15 Least Contaminated / Clean 15™
- Sweet Peas
- Cantaloupe (Domestic)
- Sweet potatoes
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2- EWG’s shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. Environmental Working Group