Some benefits to buying and eating organic (produce, meat, dairy, eggs, & even processed foods):
- No harmful chemicals are used in producing the food (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics...) so you aren't ingesting them, and the soil isn't absorbing and storing them.
- The food is not genetically modified (including meats cannot be fed genetically modified food)
- The food has not been irradiated
- It often tastes better
- It has more nutrients
- More sustainable for the environment
- Safer for the workers who produce the food
- Increases the standards for the production of the food we eat
- Meat - we tend to eat more of it than we need to and if we bought more expensive organic meat and ate it less often, the cost would not be so drastic.
- Fruit starting with most residue to least: peach, apple, nectarine, strawberry, cherry, grape, pear, raspberry, plum, orange, tangerine, cantaloupe, lemon, honeydew, grapefruit, watermelon, blueberry
- Vegetables starting with most residue to least: Sweet bell pepper, celery, lettuce, spinach, potato, carrot, green bean, hot pepper, cucumber, cauliflower, mushroom, winter squash, tomato, sweet potato
- Foods that have non-edible skins: avocado, banana, kiwi, mango, papaya, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, & onions.
If it is conventionally grown produce, washing it well will remove most of chemical residue on the outside. Remember, the plant gets its nutrients from the soil, that has chemicals within it.
In Canada, British Columbians are leading the way. In 2006, we ate 26% of the organic food in Canada (13% of Canada's population). We've been improving ever since. Keep up the good work!
Something to keep in mind when choosing organic is that "organic" doesn't necessarily mean "healthy". Organic soft drinks and chips are still fizzy sugar water and oil-fried potatoes. Keep educating yourself and your loved ones to make choices that adjust your life to Living Well.
An Organic Living Well Seminar is coming soon and will help answer more of your questions.