Organic 411

I believe a lot in organic food, and will probably mention it in a lot of posts. Here is a brief explanation of what organic actually means for those who may not know, or for a refresher for those who do.

Organic means 3 major things:

  1. No chemicals – Organic food hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or any other chemicals, and animal products are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.  In addition to this, organic foods are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers. All of that is really important for our bodies, as well as the planet.  Pesticides have been linked to cancer, birth defects, Alzheimer’s, & obesity, just to name a few. And contrary to popular belief, you can’t just “wash the pesticides off.”  The average conventionally grown apple contains over 30 pesticides.
  2. Non-GMO – Organic foods are not genetically modified.  This is a pretty big deal.  If you’re interested in this, I highly suggest watching Food, Inc.  It’s a real eye-opener.
  3. Not irradiated – This practice is defined as “the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, or insects that might be present in the food”. Food manufacturers do it because it extends the shelf life of produce, but there are a lot of concerns with it, mainly that it damages the vitamins & enzymes present in the food, and that there has not been testing for it’s long term safety for human consumption .  To read more about irradiation, click here.

In our house we try to buy organic as much as possible.  Some things are more important than others, I’ll write more about that later.  

Hope this information helps you as you make decisions for your family’s health 🙂

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