Thursday, December 3, 2009

GREEN LIVING: The Benefits of Eating Organic

By Kathy Tennefoss

Why Eat Organic?

Eating organic is a choice that most of us ponder every day. I know I always chose organic when I can or when I have enough money. But what does organic mean? The first organic produce law was in 1990 from congress and it stated that food grown without pesticides, fungicides, or not genetically modified would be considered organic. Pesticides are toxic and bad for the environment, farmers, and for you and your family. Genetically modified food (food that is made to be larger, better coloring, and pest resistant) has been questioned by many people. No one really knows the long -term effects of this on your body.

Some of the highest levels of pesticide residue on produce that is considered not organic are apricots, nectarines, green beans, potatoes, bananas, cucumbers, celery, corn, peppers, cherries, apples, spinach, tomatoes, soy beans, rice, strawberries, dates, carrots, grapes, peaches, pears, lemons, milk, and sweet potatoes. So I guess if you don't eat any of these your o.k. Well that sounds like a lot of fruits and vegetables to me.

There have been numerous studies showing how foods grown without pesticides and fungicides have more nutritional value and a much higher mineral content. Even if the nutritional level was a little better don't you think that you would want that for you and your family? It is also very important to drink organic milk or milk products that have been made without growth hormone and antibiotics. I think I will take my antibiotics from the doctor thank you!

Some ways to get more organic produce in your daily diet is to shop at local farmers markets, ask your local supermarket to carry more organic choices, at the seasonal farmers markets buy extra so you can dehydrate or freeze your extras for the winter months, start a garden, order online and have it delivered, become a member of a food co-op, start a food co-op, or participate in a organic food buying club. These are some simple ways to introduce organic food into you and your family's diet.

You and your family are worth it. The more demand in the market place for organic produce the cheaper it will eventually be. Do your part in helping the environment and support your local farmers. It only takes a few people in every town to make a difference. Let it be you!

B.S. Science in Physical Anthropology minor in business, and Culinary Arts Degree. Advocate for organic, vegetarian, vegan, and raw food diets. I have been a vegetarian/vegan/raw foodist for over 20 years. Have also worked in real estate for over 6 years. Have a couple of websites to help people who are interested and Also working on a new social networking site!

Article Source:

No comments:

Post a Comment