From the get-go, I have jumped on the ORGANIC bandwagon. It sounds wonderful. I once thought that if a fruit or veggie was certified organic, it was holy! Why wouldn’t I fork over a couple extra dollars for pesticide, herbicide, chemical free food that is sure to keep me from being susceptible to Alzheimer’s and cancer?
Okay, okay. Let’s get the counterarguments out of the way…
The truth is, just because something is organic does not mean it’s EXACTLY holy! This is the only argument that seems relevant to me that disagrees with organic production: Organic farmers will sometimes use natural pesticides that can be as harmful to your health as synthetic pesticides (used by conventional farmers) if given to you in high doses. We really have to trust that these farmers are using the allowable amounts of these natural pesticide in order for them not to be toxic.
I have wisened up and have done my research. But I’m still on team ORGANIC and this is why…
Here is an important list of ingredients that differentiate organic food from their conventional counterparts. These items are not allowed in certified organic food:
- artificial growth hormones
- high fructose corn syrup
- artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
- artificial sweeteners
- synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
- genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
- sewage sludge
It seems to me that most articles promoting conventional farming take huge digs at organic farming’s natural pesticides while paying little attention to these other additives and their collective impact on human health. The cumulative impact of these ingredients on our health is disgusting and massive.
When I dig into this topic, I become frightened. I’m worried for my own health, the health of my family, the health of my pet, and the health of my future children. I want to take any steps possible to protect my loved ones from disease, illness, and early death. The organic industry is making an effort to protect us by setting farming regulations and using natural techniques to raise produce. Even if its not the holy grail, it’s a whole lot better than the conventional way. For this reason, I go organic.
Here are some organic staples that I find at Costco.. These will definitely save you some dough!!