Why wouldn't you want to buy organic food? This is the way food used to come to us.
Today our fresh and processed foods contain pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, chemical preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and who knows what else.
The only reason that Barbara and I will not buy some organics is that they are too expensive. So, we roll the dice and hope the food isn't too contaminated. The next best thing to buying organic is to look for the non-GMO label.
A good thing today is that the demand for cleaner food is increasing dramatically. With more production of organic and non-GMO food, the prices are coming down.
So how can we identify organic food? The official organic seal will appear somewhere on the product. If it's fresh farm produce, you may have to rely on the grocer or farmer to tell you the truth.
Today processed non-organic foods are responsible for:
The nutritional quality of organic food is superior. Organic crops are grown in healthy biologically active soil and have higher levels of minerals, anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Organic foods will limit your exposure to synthetic pesticides and herbicides. These poisons may cause a wide range of health problems that include:
Here is a short video that explains the difference between organic and natural.
By eating organic food it decreases your consumption of antibiotics, GMO foods and hormones. Almost all farm raised animals, eggs and dairy products contain these unhealthy products.
Organic food improves our natural systems with cleaner water supply both above and below ground.
You will even help save the bees and butterflies from death by chemicals.
Organic food products have more intense natural flavors.
Processed food has:
Organic crops create safer working environments for farm workers and rural neighbors, and reduces health risks for everyone.
There are 8 food crops that are likely to be genetically modified which disqualifies them from being organic. They are:
The final look of some of these items after processing is:
Most all animal feed contains major portions of these "GMO" foods. The animal categories include beef and pork production, farm raised fish, chickens and dairy.
It's good to be aware of organic food benefits.
America seems to be at the bottom of the list when it comes to food quality and health. When you leave the organic labeled foods, what we don't know about the remaining non-organic food can be very dangerous to our health.
The United States government regulatory and agricultural systems permit the use of poisonous chemicals in our food supply. Knowing this, it should prompt us to buy organic food.
We all need to do what we can to bring about change by using more organic food products and encouraging our grocers to get on the organic bandwagon. We see that it is beginning to happen!
Why Non GMO? - These are the products of natural breeding techniques. Look for non GMO and organic labels.
Facts About GMO Food - Eighty percent of conventional processed foods in the US contain GMO ingredients. There are 61 countries around the world that do not consider GMO food safe.
Claims and Counter Claims - Developers of the GMO process have many beneficial claims to continue genetically modified food. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that refutes these claims.
Health Risk - There are numerous accounts of problems caused by genetically modified products.