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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why Go Organic?

Venturing to the organic produce section in the grocery store scares most people.  "It's too expensive" or "It doesn't really make a difference" seem to be common excuses among consumers.  However organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can make a huge difference in your overall health and the well being of our planet.

Organic farming methods refrain from using pesticides and other foreign chemicals throughout the growing process.  According to the USDA, organic foods are produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality of future generations.  They do not use fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation.  More simply,  these products have less of an effect on the earth, they do not pollute the environment, and they do not harm your body.

Although it can never truly be guaranteed that your organic produce doesn't have any traces of pesticides, the amounts certainly are negligible.  Non-organic foods on the other hand may include growth hormones and harsh chemicals that can affect you in ways ranging from skin irritations to harming your nervous system!  This is your health here...why risk it?

Now price can vary due when buying organic.  But shopping at smaller, natural grocery stores can lessen the gap in pricing from foods grown with pesticides.  But for the most affordable produce...SHOP AT YOUR LOCAL FARMER'S MARKET :)  Make it fun.  Meet up with a friend.  And spread the word about the health benefits of organic fruits and vegetables.

Be aware of what you are putting in your body and do your part to help sustain our planet!



  1. I'm getting more and more into this Organic thing. Keep the information coming!

  2. What information can you offer about GMOs? Genetically Manufactured O....?