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Why Go Organic?
Healthy Body, Healthy Planet
3/16/2010 6:36:05 PM
For a long time it was assumed that the amount of nutrition in vegetables was determined by the vegetable's genes not by the way it was grown; they working theory being that if the vegetables didn't have everything they need they wouldn't grow well. Because of this for the longest time organic and chemically grown vegetables were never compared.
Organic vegetables often do have more vitamins but in addition they also have much higher levels of the phytochemical we know prevent disease. Plants use these chemicals to fight pests and infection and when they are not protected by chemical pesticides they produce more of their own chemicals.
As far as climate change goes, the vast majority of climate scientists do believe that mankind's release of carbon into the environment from burning fossil fuels is changing our climate. The skeptics are the fringe view but they are so well funded by the industries who have the most to loose from carbon limits that many people think the jury is still out. Just like tobacco companies bankrolled any doctor or scientist who would say that tobacco isn't dangerous or harmful energy companies are bankrolling climate change skeptics.
There is a difference between climate and weather. Anyone who doesn't understand this lacks the knowledge to have any kind of intelligent conversation about climate change.
Even if we have a blizzard, it doesn't discount the fact that the CLIMATE is changing. Just like just because, as SOME studies suggest that organic isn't any more nutritious as non organic (I am sure the studies that show that are paid for by the government or big chemical companies). I buy mostly LOCAL organics because I don't want to consume the man made products that are put on the food. Speaking of dumbing down the people, the government has been trying to hide all of this for the last century.
Organic tastes so much better! I'm not 100% organic as far as shopping goes, however, I do grow my own fuits and vegetables and I am an organic grower.
11/16/2009 1:49:21 PM
One other no-brainer reason to buy organic, the vendor must be VERY VERY TRICKY TO FOOL YOU. Organic also means the product is NOT suppoed to be sprayed, gassed, irradiated, waxed, et al to the food before you pick it up at your grocer. Furthermore , it is perfectly legal to give a little arsenic to chickens to keep the shells hard ... ta da ..... this is not part of the organic feed list. When you smell to see if the cantelope is ripe, you are not being hoodwinked - PERIOD. How many times have your purchased apples that were so old your kids wouldn't eat them - they're mushy!!!! -- or oranges that were actually dehydrated into which water had been soaked and the fruit was gassed to look orange. All these 'methods' are perfectly legal.
Has anyone read this article on organic food? It is a study that came out only a feww weeks ago and it confirmed that organic food does not have superior nutrients than the conventional counterparts? Here it the link.
Just an update...when I was grocery shopping today I spoke with the butcher and he ordered organic chicken. They'll order a case of organic meat if you just ask! It only takes about a day to get in too.
I've recently starting eating more organic products and am amazed by how many organic products Krogers has started to carry. They not only have a whole organic produce section but also have organic products throughout the aisles that are not that much more (sometimes even cost less) then the regular products. I'm just waiting for them to start carrying organic meat in my area. Until then, I am limiting the amount of meat I eat and using more soy products. I used to be a vegetarian though so soy products are great to me!
I'm beginning my transition to organic food. I have migraine headaches and seasonal allergies. I'm working on going all natural in relieving some of my symptoms. I've found that the prices have gone down on many organic products. If more people begin to shop for the products the prices will go down.
6/1/2009 11:23:50 PM
I recently switched to all organic because of learning about GMO foods. I am very thrifty, so wouldn't consider it before now. I WISH I HAD DONE THIS 20 YEARS AGO, I can't believe what a difference it's making in my everyday life.
My family lives paycheck to paycheck, and we recently decided to stop going out to eat so that we may buy all organic and all natural foods instead of the pesticide-infested and processed junk with artificial everything in it. I still can't believe how much better food--the way God intended it--tastes and it's so much healthier!
3/4/2009 9:09:34 PM
I think organic is the way to go too, but it's soooo expensive. It makes me think alot, about how much more we pay for organic foods, and there are entire countries where only organic vegetables exist. No extra cost.
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