Organic is the safest option

Organic is the Safest Option

            There is so much talk right now about the food industry. So many years ago there was nothing wrong with eating chips, McDonalds, cookies, or whatever you wanted. Now you hear about people filing lawsuits against corporations for health problems, and the news is flooded with debates about organic foods being a great option, or if organic food is overrated.

            People are saying that organic food is good. Other people are saying that conventional food is better and more logical. But what it really comes down to is education. People shouldn’t eat food that they know nothing about, but it happens every day. Foods filled with toxic chemicals are being fed to children and adults all over the world because consumers just do not know any better.

What Does Organic Even Mean?      

           Blah, blah, blah- everyone is always using the word ‘organic’, but what does it even mean? Why are organics so ‘good’ for you? Well my friend, I am here to answer these questions.

            You see, the term organic is simple. It basically means that there is nothing harmful in your food, or any other organic product. It’s natural. Organics are naturally grown, naturally made, and naturally good for you. Non-organics contain harmful toxins that are awful for your body, and harmful for the environment.

How Much Safer is Organic?

            Organics are grown without pesticides, antibiotics, and irradiation and so on—this is wonderful news. However, you could be eating an organic apple in New York that was grown in California. With all the traveling it took for that apple to get from the West Coast to the East Coast, all the pollution and all the toxins that have wound up on this organic apple, it is still better than eating an apple that has been grown in poison.

Small Choices Make Huge Impacts

            Yes, organic products can cost more than the toxic junk people fill their grocery carts with every day, but what happened to quality being more than quantity? There are simple choices you can make in the grocery store that will help your nutrition and not empty your wallet.

            Dairy, fruits and vegetables are very important in anyone’s diet. They are also the three things filled with the most pesticides, antibiotics, and herbicides. GROSS. Luckily though, organic milk, dairy, vegetables, and fruits can all be found in your grocery store or at your local farmer’s market.

            Commercially-farmed fruits and vegetables vary in their levels of pesticide residue. Some vegetables, like broccoli, asparagus and onions, as well as foods with peels, such as avocados, bananas and oranges, have relatively low levels compared to other fruits and vegetables.

            Replacing just 5 common products to organic ones can make a huge impact- milk, potatoes, peanut butter, ketchup, and apples. The antibiotics, artificial hormones and pesticides used in the commercial dairy industry are repulsive.

  • Drinking non-organic milk is basically drinking a glass of poison. Organic milk can be found almost anywhere and is not much more money- it also stays fresh a lot longer.
  • 81% of conventional potatoes still contain pesticides after being washed and peeled.
  • Over 99% of peanut farms use conventional techniques, including using fungicide to treat mold, which happens to be a common problem in peanut crops.
  • Organic Ketchup has almost double the amount of antioxidants than conventional ketchup. Seeing as children put ketchup on almost everything, why wouldn’t everyone give their child organic ketchup?
  • Apples are also one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits, and also one of the most commonly eaten fruits. Organic apples can be found easily and are not more expensive than other apples.

Those are just 5 simple products that consumers use on a regular basis. They are all found in local grocery stores and will make a positive change in everyone’s health.

Saving Ourselves and Saving Our Earth

            Everyone wants to be healthy. Everyone wants to make sure their loved ones are healthy. Knowing that we can control our health with just a few modifications within our diet is something everyone should take control of. By changing a few products here and there with organic products, it will result in a healthier life.

            Conventional foods are filled with toxins, poisons, pesticides, fungus and herbicides. While organic foods are filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and do not contain harmful toxins. Is there even a question on what to pick?

-Andrea Sponer

 

Works Consulted

TIME Magazine. “Eating Better Than Organic – TIME.” Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews – TIME.com. Web. 07 Nov. 2011. <http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595245,00.html&gt;.

The New York Times. “Five Easy Ways to Go Organic – NYTimes.com.” Health and Wellness – Well Blog – NYTimes.com. Web. 07 Nov. 2011. <http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/five-easy-ways-to-go-organic/&gt;.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595245,00.html

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/five-easy-ways-to-go-organic/

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