By Coach G
The million dollar question these days seems to be should you invest in organic products or not? There is a lot of controversy on organic foods so we thought we should take this opportunity to give you some information that could help you decide once and for all if it’s worth the money to buy organic foods or if it’s all just a scam.
If you go looking online, you will find a mix of opinions and so-called research supporting or discrediting organic food. It can be very easy to support both sides of the argument depending on what angle or perspective you are coming at it from.
Let’s take a look at a few different perspectives to help you get a better understanding of how opinions may change.
What Does It Mean to Be Organic?
According to Organic.org, “Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.”
Is Organic Food More Nutritious?
If we look towards the available research, we will find most evidence supporting that organic food is not necessarily more “nutritious” than non-organic food. Although this is not truly clear, if you solely consider this side of the argument in this case, you would be easily swayed towards not spending the extra money on organic food. Most people who do not eat organic use this common argument as justification.
Is Organic Food Healthier for You?
This is going to come down to opinion for sure because there is not enough research out there to clearly prove or disprove this point. However, if you look at demographics it is pretty clear that countries who consume more organic sourced foods, such Scandinavian countries, have a healthier population than countries who consume less organic foods, such as the USA, and have a much higher incidence of illness.
Research is great but it can often be influenced in different directions depending on who is funding the study. With that said, we are going to have to lean towards good old common sense on this one. Someone is going to be pretty hard pressed to convince us that genetically modified foods that are grown using a steady dose of toxic pesticides are not going to be harmful to the body. If a company has to genetically change the nature of a planet so that the toxic chemicals they spray on them to kill bugs won’t kill the crops too, we are going to go out on a limb say that it’s not going to be the best thing to put into our bodies.
Is Organic Food Worth the Price?
Yes, organic food costs more but there are so many hidden costs to our health and our environment when buying non-organic foods. Most people don’t see it this way but every dollar you spend is really your way of voting for what you believe in and how you want the world to grow. If you buy non-organic foods, you are saying that it’s ok for these big food corporations to mass produce genetically modified foods and use toxic pesticides that are destroying the earths soil, leaving behind massive land areas that are basically dead and can no long support future crops. If you buy organic foods, you are voting that the environment is more important to you and you believe in local and natural farming practices that are good for the soil and sustainable to the environment. We can’t speak for you, but we are going to vote with our dollars by buying organic foods as often as possible for the future health of ourselves, our children and the health of the planet.
What Produce Should You Absolutely Buy Organic?
EWG (The Environmental Working Group), an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability has established a list of produce that you should absolutely avoid based on the level of pesticide load exposure and a list of produce that would be of least concern if you weren’t to buy organic always.
Their list is known as the dirty dozen and clean 15 and it’s a great guide to help you navigate through the grocery store to make the best purchases possible.
The Dirty Dozen (foods you should always buy organic, in order of contamination)
Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15 (foods that are least toxic in non-organic sources, in order of least contamination)
At the end of the day, whether you choose to buy organic food or not is completely your choice. As always, our mission is to present you with information based on our experiences to help increase your awareness. It then becomes your responsibility to do what you want with that awareness.
Is the research 100% clear? Not at all, but when in doubt you just have to go with your gut so to speak and our guts prefer foods grown naturally without the use of toxic chemicals.
Are we biased? Yes absolutely! We care about the health of others and the long-term health of the environment so we choose organic as often as possible.
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