Organic means more than just a high school chemistry class! It is a word that has now become synonymous with food growing and animal husbandry being done in a way that is more in alignment with nature. There is a real trend these days towards buying organic food with health conscious people. This is a great choice as organic foods have less pesticide and herbicide residues on them which means you consume less of these chemicals. Some studies have shown that the nutrient content of organic food can be higher as well, but even if it is not, the fact that there are no chemicals being sprayed on our precious top soil should sell everyone on the idea of preferentially buying organically grown food. A recent study showed that organic foods reduce exposure not only to pesticides, but also to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Not only are they better for you, but once you taste an organic heritage tomato you won’t ever want to eat another regular store bought tomato again!
Reduced chemical use:
Another hugely important factor is that by buying organic food you are supporting organic farmers! Organic farming does not use the pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers that large monoculture farms do. Modern agriculture with the use of these chemicals affects our environment and our health adversely while primarily benefitting economically the big agribusiness companies such as Monsanto. Also, large modern monoculture farms have run off that is full of these chemicals that then enter our waterways and ecosystems contributing to numerous problems and long-term detrimental effects on insects, animals, plants and ultimately humans. So you have to think about who you want to support and what is best for the health of you and your family as well as our planet.
And last but not least GMOs! Genetically Modified Organisms have a great deal of negative media attention these days and for good reason. For example genetically engineered (GE) corn has been shown to be higher in toxins and nutritionally inferior to non-GE corn. The problems associated with GMOs are too numerous to list here. There are several links below explaining why GMOs may not be a good choice and why labelling what foods are GMOs is important! We deserve the right to know what foods are GMOs so that we can make our own choices. Certified Organic foods by that designation are not genetically modified so that is another very important reason to choose organic.
What to do:
At times the challenge of doing what you think is the best for you and your family can be overwhelming and the intention of this article is not to create more stress for you, but to help you make informed choices. You make decisions every time you buy something and by choosing organic and non-GMO foods you are voting on how you want the future to be for your children! Have a look at some of the links provided below and decide for yourself!
About the Author
Ann Lawrence, ND, BSc is a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and has been practicing in her own clinic in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada since 1999. www.DragonflyNaturopathy.com
Dr. Lawrence has an eclectic family practice with homeopathy, Bowen therapy, nutritional counselling, acupuncture, Field Control Therapy (FCT) and has been using herbal remedies with her patients with great success since 1999. A line of certified organic herbal teas was created starting with the first teas in 2002 progressing to 20 different health promoting, tasty teas to now choose from! Fyrefly Organic Herbal Teas can be ordered online at www.FyreflyOrganicTeas.com