Why Choose Organic?
What Makes Organic... Organic?
Organic foods are grown in compliance with the US standards of organic farming. These standards help keep practices of farmers and food suppliers across the nation focused on growing practices, produce quality and naturalistic processing of agricultural products; such as the fruits, veggies and grains we eat every day.
Organic foods are grown, produced, and provided to your belly amid the use of:
Chemical Based Fertilizers : adding nutrients to the soil
- Synthetic Pesticides : for harsh pest control
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) : food engineering improving crop yields
- Ionizing Radiation : intended to extend shelf life
- Growth Hormones or Antibiotics : mainly for livestock
The lengthy list of omissions set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) may come off pretty straight forward; a collection of facets that could easily be avoidable… but sadly not in today’s money hungry world. Large food corporations are more focused on providing for the masses than they are concerned with actual quality of food.
Somewhere between fast food lines and never ending grocery shelves of stabilized foods (maybe that once had a trace of wholesome nutritional benefit) our society has lost sight of what REAL FOOD actually is. Expectations of quality are dissipated and a shift in perspective has become more prevalent. We have become so accustomed to a new sickly standard of the food available to us and for whatever reason, are okay with it… BUT WHY!?
Choosing organic foods is a sure safe way to assure the highest quality, always.
As us Americans do in all aspects of life… we like to make things complicated! Before you even THINK about labeling a product organic, a verified government-approved ‘certifier’ does strenuous inspection of the production check-marking adherence to the rules and to meet the following goals…
- Enable natural vegetation growth
- Enhanced soil quality and water purity
- Reducing pollution output
- Providing safe and healthy animal habitats and behavior
USDA Organic Food Product Labeling
They have rules for everything…
- 100% Organic : Often used on single ingredient foods like whole-foods. Multi-ingredient products if every single ingredients are certified organic
- Organic : At least 95% of ingredients are certified organic
- Made with Organic : At least 70% of ingredients are organic
- Organic Ingredients : Less than 70% of multi-ingredient product is certified organic
Why Does It Cost More?
[the better question is]
Why Is It Worth It?
Farmers work hard to grow their own crops to distribute to those who appreciate the value of chemical-free produce. Most of the cost of a commercially grown food item goes to cleaning up hazardous waste and pesticide testing; it does not reflect the price of the food item itself.
Now there is no question, it just costs more… but for many reasons.
- Food Availability : both seasonally and locally
- Labor Cost : our farmers work hard!
- USDA Organic certification : upkeep is not cheap!
- Slow Growing Crops : time is $$$
- Cost Covering : no chemicals = higher losses = higher costs
Let’s be real. . . the word organic just makes you feel rich, right?
Intuitively it’s like we just know…
It is richer in nutrients, richer in sustainability, richer in benefits. When organically grown food is cared for, it grows in nourishing soil with responsible and sustainable standards. This often leads to organic food containing more vitamins and nutrients to keep you feeling fuller and healthier.
In the science world, there is a vast growing body of research and data that show organic foods generally have more beneficial components and compounds when compared to conventionally grown foods. From a microbiological level, we know that every single cell in our body completely depends on these compounds for functionality.
Here is some food for thought...
Say you had two apples next to each other same size, same type, except one is organic and one is conventional. Knowing our bodies will biologically get more benefit out of the apple with naturally higher beneficial components… which would you choose? Or better question why would you NOT choose the organic apple? Isn’t that why we eat fruit in the first place, for the health benefit? A conversation that is too often missed is considering the concentration of these phytonutrients (plant based nutrients) in organic foods in comparison to conventional.
Now let’s get nerdy.
We like research okay.
----> Potential Benefits include
Nutrients : There is strong evidence to significant increase various types of flavonoids (a type of phytonutrient) which have strong antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have a direct effect on lowering risk of infections, promoting heart health, and cancer prevention.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids : When it comes to animal products like meats, dairy and eggs, organic feeding requires a diet consisting of mainly grass and alfalfa, both of which are naturally rich in Omega-3. Animals consume the omegas… humans consume the animals… omegas are then transferred to us effortlessly. It is a simple equation! Omega-3’s help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and support brain health immensely!
Toxic metal : Brace yourself… often times, conventional farms use sewage sludge as soil fertilizer… just let that soak in. Organic farms go through a three year process to in order to build up the lands natural fertility. Cadmium is a heavy metal found in soils, absorbed by plants, and can be toxic to humans when eaten in excess. Research shows significantly lower traces in organic crops compared to conventionally grown. These lower levels of cadmium are related to soil maintenance and purity of an organic farm.
Pesticide residue : Pesticides are chemical based solutions that fight off insects or harmful organisms posing threat to the crop. When conventional produce has made its journey to the store front for purchasing, it more often than not has remnants of pesticides which pose possible toxic threat to humans. Produce grown organically shows significantly lower levels of pesticide residue compared to conventionally grown produce. Since the FDA only tests about 1% of these foods for pesticide residue, it is extremely likely that we consume pesticides every day. Organic food does not have this problem, as the produce is grown without pesticides.
----> Side Note : Ever heard of the ‘Clean 15’ or the ‘Dirty Dozen’? They are both lists of fruits and veggies that can help reduce exposures to toxic pesticides and tell which produce items are okay to purchase conventionally versus the must have organics… google it! When available and in budget, it is best to go organic!
Yes it can be more costly
yes it may feel less convenient
health is much more than for the now
it is for the long term
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Article Written by: Jordanna Riccitelli