Reasons to Buy Organic
© By Lena Sanchez
There is a lot of controversy being thrown
around these days as to whether organically
grown foods are better than traditional.
I thought I would give you some good reasons
why it is better and how it benefits your
health. The benefits are far-reaching and
very important to assure a healthy body
and clean and healthy environment along
with leaving our next generation a less
Those reasons are:
PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS HEALTH: The
average child receives four times more exposure
than an adult to at least eight widely used
cancer-causing pesticides in food. Check
out several reports from the horses
mouth at http://www.envirodocs.com/Urgent
PROTECT WATER QUALITY: Water makes up two-thirds
of our body mass and covers three-fourths
of the planet. Despite waters importance,
the Environmental Protection Agency estimates
that pesticides and herbicides contaminate
the ground water in at least 38 states.
Considering that only 54% of the states
have reported in it could be much more.
TASTE, NUTRITION AND QUALITY: Legendary
restaurant chefs across the country, from
Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley,
California to Nora Pouillon of Restaurant
Nora in Washington D.C. will tell you; Organic
food tastes better! Why? Well-balanced soils
grow strong, healthy plants, which in turn
make vegetables and fruits taste great.
SUPPORT A TRUE ECONOMY: Organically grown
foods may seem more expensive, but mere
retail prices are deceptive. Current food
prices do not reflect the costs of federal
subsidies to conventional agriculture, the
cost of cleaning up contaminated drinking
water, the cost of loss of wildlife-habitat
and topsoil, or the cost of disposal and
cleanup of hazardous waste generated by
the manufacturing of pesticides. Consumers
can pay now or pay later.
PRESERVE BIODIVERSITY: The loss of a large
variety of species is one of our most pressing
environmental concerns. Many organic growers
have been collecting and using heirloom
seed varieties for decades. Compare that
to conventional farms, which continue to
grow hybridized vegetables and fruits bred
for uniformity, ease of shipping and cosmetic
appearance versus great taste.
REDUCE POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS: Many EPA-approved
pesticides were registered long before extensive
research linked these chemicals to cancer
and other diseases. Now, the EPA considers
60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides
and 30% of all insecticides as potentially
MASS PRODUCED VEGGIES lost their nutrients:
From USDA food composition tables in 1936
were that the land was nutrient deficient!
Since 1975 to today a dozen vegetables have
been checked by Alex Jack, macrobiotic nutritionist,
for a book he was editing.
Results were as follows:
calcium down 27% on average iron down 37%
vitamin A down 21% vitamin C down 30% The
figures for broccoli specifically were calcium
down 53.4%, iron 20%, vitamin A 38.3%, vitamin
A study in the British Food Journal three
years ago found nutrient values had declined
by as much a 22% in Britain from the 1930s
to the 1980s.
These figures are the very reason Organic
farmers usually add natural nutrients to
the land by rotating crops that feed the
ground and add the nutrients to keep them
higher in their vegetables. I am not saying
that all the nutrients are back to the 1900
standards sufficiently but sure as heck
a lot better than the traditional farmers
who mass produce for looks and amount rather
than quality. Traditional farming add chemical
compound fertilizer that puts exactly three
nutrients in the plants.
Now when I was in school I was taught that
our body requires a consistent need of 94
nutrients. I think 3 falls way short somehow,
That along with not adding pesticides and
chemicals, which adds to the cost we pay
for organic but makes it far more worth
while than the average grocery story fare.
Getting sick and paying horrific medical
bills or maybe dying from nutrient deficient
foods that are creating free radicals throughout
the body causing life threatening illness
or disease, is very expensive making buying
organic far less expensive in the long run!
Pay now or pay later!
These reasons alone should make buying
organic foods the smart thing to do for
yourself and your family if not for the
rest of the world!
*** Meet Lena Sanchez, author, retired
Medical office nurse/administrator/consultant
Lena also does consulting in online business
along with alternative health matters helping
to build your success in business as well
as healthy minds and bodies http://www.envirodocs.com
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