This week, our topic will be the issue of Organic Foods. The term organic refers to the method of producing the food, not the food itself. Organically grown means that the specific food is grown in a venue free of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and other substances. They are minimally processed and virtually none contains artificial ingredients, preservatives or have been irradiated. You will also see the term “without GMOs.” This means that the food is not a Genetically Modified Organism(s)
Interest in organically grown foods has risen steadily since the early 1980’s. One of the reasons often cited is the 1994 study by the Environmental Working Group which noted that 80% of commercially grown peaches, apples and celery contained residues of 1 or more pesticides even after thorough rinsing. In 1987, the NAS(National Academy of Science) reported that pesticides alone might cause an extra 1.4 million cancer cases among Americans. They also noted another concern is the use of GMOs in seeds. When “abnormal” engineering is used, a gene from 1 plant or animal is transplanted into the same species. People have major health (and ethical) concerns about this procedure to say the least.
So what choice(s) do we have? The major one is to purchase organic. Why? Here are the major reasons:
1. Organic produce protects your health more than commercial. Lab tests have shown that pesticides are toxic and harmful to the human system. Organic foods are also free of the aforementioned harmful GMOs.
2. Organic produce is nutritionally superior, containing higher mineral content while maintaining the integrity of the soil.
3. It fresher and tastes better.
4. It is better and safer for our environment. Each year, 911 million pounds of synthetic pesticides are applied to conventional crops here in the USA.
You will have to pay more but your health is worth it. Whenever possible, think “Organic Foods.”