Saturday, October 15, 2011

Celebrate Organics!

Let's celebrate Organic Week!

Some of you may be wondering why on earth it's so important to eat organic foods - especially fruits and veggies! I'll tell you why!

1) One of the most obvious benefits is the fact that organic foods aren't grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, nor do they contain traces of chemicals so there is no negative affects on the body.

2) It tastes better! Many people may think it all tastes the same, but honestly knowing that it is produced organically, and often locally, makes it a million times more fresh tasting to me.

3) Organic food is good for the environment! Not only do I not want to ingest chemicals, but they aren't any good for our soil, air or water either. It's not safe for our generation or responsible due to the harm we're causing future generations!

4) When it comes to dairy, meat, and poultry, going organic has become a big deal to me. I am much happier when I know the animals have not been confined in a cage for their lives while eating God knows what. When explaining to anyone why I choose organic eggs, for example, I say "I like happy chickens!" And it's true - love the happy chickens.

There is a vitality in food. When a carrot, or other vegetable has to fend for itself without chemicals, it becomes stronger and offers many more nutrients for use in our bodies. There are so many elements to consider - like soil quality, location of farms, and ethical treatment of workers. It is up to each of us to decide what resonates with us and what we feel is most important.

Many families can't afford to buy all organic food, but if at all possible, focus on organic when buying the "dirty dozen" fruits and vegetables. They include: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries.

What is one food item you are going to buy or eat this week that is organic?


ALW said...

I love organic products (especially produce), but I wish it wasn't so expensive!

Jessica Lynn said...

Ditto what Amanda said. My other problem with organic products is that you usually get a lot less of it, too. I know, I know, quality vs. quantity, but that's so hard to reason when you can get twice as much and for cheaper.

That said, I do think there's a different—cleaner and more fresh taste with organic products.

Amanda said...

Where do I begin with the organic?! Mostly (key word right there) everything in my house isorganic. My parents have started gardening, so we have fresh lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers! We only buy organic milk and yogurt, and try to go to the farmer's market for other groceries to be fresh and local. Great to know that this is organic week!

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