Nowadays, there is so much confusion overwhelming consumers regarding modern day food choices. A main topic of discussion surrounds the decision to purchase Certified Organic or Conventional produce. Let’s look at some background information and guidelines to support you in the produce aisle:
*Minerals are important building blocks to the functioning of the human body and our state of health. If only a single mineral is missing from our diets long term, our health is affected. We absorb minerals from the food we eat, and the food we eat absorbs minerals from the soil the food was grown in. Non-organic farming includes the use of man-made chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides intended to kill off pests. Unfortunately, these chemicals also kill off essential minerals in the soil beginning a chain reaction of mineral depletion within the food and within the animals and humans who eat the food. When foods are grown Organically, the soil naturally maintains its rich level of minerals and phytonutrients.
*Growing evidence suggests that chemically contaminated foods are linked to cancer. It has been proven that ingesting pesticides in an amount of only a few parts per trillion can cause damage to a developing child’s intelligence. Ingesting a large amount of pesticides is lethal. The cumulative, long-term effects of ingesting chemical pesticide residues are unknown. Foods that are Certified Organic, by law, cannot be grown utilizing any of these synthetic chemicals. Organic foods undergo strict laboratory tests to guarantee this.
*Foods that are Certified Organic have been grown utilizing ethical and sustainable practices that support the health of the surrounding environment. The use of chemical pesticides has been proven to drain into the earth’s bodies of waters, contaminating rivers, lakes and oceans, and negatively affecting their Eco-systems. The die-off of mass populations of honey bees has been linked to their ingestion of chemical pesticides. Livestock that are raised organically, by law, cannot be injected with synthetic hormones which affects the health of the animal, and when eaten by humans, are ingested into our bodies.
*By law, Organic foods can NOT contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). Unfortunately, non-Organic foods do not require any labeling or indication to the consumer whether or not the food has been genetically altered (the GMO creation process is alarmingly different from the natural science of creating hybrid variations of produce).
*Best foods to purchase Certified Organic:
- Any produce in which the peel or skin will be ingested (the peel/skin absorbs the chemicals)
- All animal products
- Foods/Ingredients which are currently known to contain GMO manufactured ingredients: Soy, Corn, Canola Oil, Sugar (derived from gmo sugar beets), Cottonseed Oil.
-Union of Concerned Scientists: www.ucsusa.org
-Institute for Responsible Technology: www.responsibletechnology.org
-Pesticide Action Network: www.panna.org
-Organic Farming Principles and Practices: www.safs.msu.edu