Good post from ethicalconsumer.ca that makes a strong case for eating organic food … it’ll give you the highlights, but please head over and read the full article yourself …
Just a few of the top reasons from the article why you should go organic:
Reduce your intake of harmful herbicides and pesticides
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60% of all herbicides (weed killers), 90% of all fungicides (mold killers), and 30% of all insecticides (insect killers) are potentially cancer causing. According to testing carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are:
· Three to more than four times more likely on average to contain residues than organic produce;
· Eight to 11 times more likely to contain multiple pesticide residues than organic samples;
· Shown to contain residues at levels three to 10 times higher, on average, than corresponding residues in organic samples.
Protection against the onset of future illness or disease
There is a strong body of evidence linking various cancers (i.e. non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), asthma and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s to the increase in usage of herbicides and pesticides. In addition, childhood cancers are also on the rise.
The quality of nutrition is improved
According to a review of 41 studies designed to compare the nutritional value of conventional vs. organically grown fruits, vegetables and grains, organic produce was nutritionally superior. Specifically, organic crops contained 27% more vitamin C, 21.1% more iron, 29.3% more magnesium and 13% more phosphorus. This improvement in nutritional quality is largely due to the health and richness of the soil.
The taste is better!
When biting into an organic fruit or vegetable, you can instantly taste the difference. Whether it is an organic banana or sweet potato, organic food bursts with flavor. To accurately measure the improvement in taste, a study was conducted by Washington State University in Pullman, measuring the taste of organic food vs. conventionally grown crops. The results confirmed that organic produce was sweeter, firmer and more intact after 6 months of storage.
Organic certification is strictly monitored
Organic food handlers, processors and retailers are held to the strictest of standards to maintain the quality assurances necessary to be labeled certified organic. Organic farmers are also audited 2-3 times yearly by the organic review board to ensure they are upholding the high standards.
Protects the environment
According to Health Canada, “Organic agriculture is a holistic system of production with a principle goal to develop productive enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment”. In a nutshell, organic farming is much healthier for the planet by significantly reducing toxic exposure in our soil, water, air and for the prevention of illness and disease in future generations.
The article builds a pretty strong case for eating organic food – at minimum organic fruits and vegetables. Do the research for yourself before you decide to make the switch, but I like to think of it this way: it’s your body – you only have one. Do you want to fuel it with the low-grade stuff or the high-octane?