Chances are, you've wondered whether you should be buying organic food or not. This post is here to make the answer to that question quite clear!
What is organic food? Organic food is simply food that has been produced without the use of conventional synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs. Although the standards for 'organic' food may differ between countries, it's generally along the same lines. Fruit and vegetables must be produced naturally, without the use of any synthetic products, and livestock raised for meat must have access to land, and fed organic food, without being given growth hormones or antibiotics. Below is a small list of why you should be eating organic food!
- Organic produce holds more nutrients: the nutritious value you get out of eating organic food actually starts in the soil it's grown in. Because the soil is naturally nourished and managed, the plants benefit by holding in more nutrients; therefore giving you more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients - unlike conventionally grown crops, where the synthetics fertilisers and pesticides actually decrease the nutritious value in fruit and vegetables.
- So you don't poison your body with man-made chemicals and toxins: the pesticides and herbicides that are used on conventionally grown foods are used to kill pests and diseases and remain on and in your food when you buy it, and when you consume it. Various studies have shown how these toxins affect out bodies - from damaging brain and nerve cells to causing cancer. A lot of the toxins used on conventionally grown foods have not been tested for their long term effects on our health which is why you should steer clear.
- Organic produce tastes better and is fresher: you'll only believe it until you try it - but organic food seriously tastes better. Organic fruit and veg taste better because the soil they are grown in is naturally nourished and produces healthy, strong plants. Plus, the flavour isn't damaged by toxins and chemicals used to make food last longer on the shops shelf. Because there is no use of preservatives, organic food usually comes straight from the farm into your shopping basket, giving you fresher and better tasting produce.
- Better for the environment: Some think that eating organic may only be beneficial for our health, but it's also amazing for the environment. Organic farming is supportive of the natural growing process, and uses no substance that harms the produce or the soil. Synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are harmful to the land and are poisoning our water supplies so naturally, farming without these toxins and chemicals is better for everyone; including wild animals, birds and fish that live off these healthy plants and live in rivers, streams and lakes.
If you're planning to start buying organic food, here is a list of the dirty dozen (foods that contain the most pesticide residue) and the clean 15 (foods that contain the least pesticide use). It is highly recommended to buy all the fruits listed on the dirty dozen list as organic as they can be very harmful to our health.
- Honeydew melon