Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Going Organic & Why

I have been wanting to start buying more Organic produce, dairy and meats. I am having a hard time settling for chicken I know is pumped full of hormones, and giving it to my family for dinner. A year ago would I ever think of going Organic?? NOOOO! But once I got a little knowledge of health, what we should be eating, and how God intended it, I feel that it's what we want to do as a family.

I know there are many people that don't eat Organic, and some are against it. That's okay, I know not all people will agree with our choice. I really want to grow our own fruits and veggies.. one day.

Why Organic?
1. Well first, nutrition. At my grandma's we had lunch the day of the tri, and she served us tomatoes from my aunts garden.... WOW! I have never tasted tomatoes like that! So juicy and full of flavor. I thought about the tomatoes from our store, and realized how unflavored they are, almost like they are watery. Davey heard on the radio that a tomato now has 1/3 the nutrients tomatoes did in 1920, why... mass production. They concentrate on quantity not quality. Organic produce is grown with healthy rich soil. "Organic farmers build healthy soil Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils." -Organic Trade Association
2. Chemicals. Pesticides, toxins, and hormones.
"Organic production reduces health risks
Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us." -Organic Trade Association
Poultry- 3 reasons why:
A. Non organic chickens are injected with hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides, all poison for the human body. "Fewer Toxins Nobody likes to think of food that's poisonous, but commercially-raised poultry often contains hormones, antibiotics and trace amounts of pesticides, all of which can be a potential health hazard. Antibiotics used in commercially-raised chicken may be one of the factors that causes germ resistance in some people, and even small amounts of hormones can have a big effect, according to "Consumer Reports," possibly increasing the risk of cancer and early-onset of puberty. Commercially-raised chicken may also be exposed to other contaminants, like heavy metals that appear in some commercial chicken food."
B. Less fat
C. Taste's better- more flavor
D. Meat you eat are eating what they should be!!

1. Free of antibiotics, added hormones, GMO feed and other drugs; no GMO animals

Animals raised organically are not allowed to be fed antibiotics, the bovine human growth hormone (rbGH), or other artificial drugs. Animals are also not allowed to eat genetically modified foods. Further, animal products certified as organic can not have their genes modified (for example, a scorpion gene cannot be spliced into a cow gene). How: The animals are raised in a healthier environment, fed organic feed, and often eat a wider range of nutrients than those raised in factory farms (such as would be the case of free-range chickens and ranch cattle). The animals are not from a test tube. Highlights: Organically raised animals have been shown to be significantly healthier than their factory-raised counterparts.

This is scary!!

2. Mad cow safeguard: Animals aren’t forced to be cannibals The practice of feeding cattle the ground up remains of their same species appears to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a horrific disease that destroys the central nervous system and brain, can be given to humans who eat the cows. The disease in humans has a very long latency period, and is called Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. How: Animals are fed 100 percent organic feed without ground up animal parts. Highlights: By eating 100 percent organic meat you are protected by a label insuring the cow has only been fed 100 percent organic feed.- Care2 favorite by Annie B. Bond

3. The way God intended it. By buying Organic I am supporting those farmers that still use plain old God intended hard work to grow healthy food.

4. Better for environment. I am not a "Green" person, but these days so many people have cancer, at such a young age. I am beginning to become passionate about learning how to prevent it as best as possible.

Not all things need to be Organic.. Bananas, Watermelon, Oranges, anything you don't eat the skin. I found all this information very interesting and am working hard to find great prices on these new foods we will be eating.


dawne said...

My nutritionist says the same thing. Don't worry about certain overprice fruits and veggies, with skin etc., but...go organic with meats, dairy etc. Hope you have plenty of bill went up 3x the amount!

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

I am totally with you on this - there are SO many reasons to shift most of your diet to organic foods, they are hard to ignore. I want to put whole, healthy, non-chemical foods in my body - not man-made chemi-crap!

blondevue... said...

Interesting, I learned alot here.
Something to think of, thanks Adrienne!

Weightless said...

Our good friends own an organic dairy. IT was one of the first in the state, if not the first. Organic since it's conception back in the 70's before it was a trend to be organic. People laughed at them for wanting to have a natural dairy and thought they were crazy. Now, when most dairies are struggling, they are profitable because their crop is specialized.

I try to fresh fruits and veggies as much as possible from sources other than the store. It's probably has a lot to do with the way I was raised since my parents owned fruit stands. They just taste better.

I know what it takes to be an organic farmer and it's a lot of hard work and sacrifice. It takes 3 years of not using pesticides and other un-natural means to become certified. That's a long time to wait to reap the benefits. It's very costly to be organic but worth it if possible.

Adrienne said...

Thanks for the comments everyone =)
Dawne, I know our bill will go up.. but working hard to look where the best prices are. =)Worth it though right?
SRG, I know and agree totally! I want healthy food in my body and esp my boys bodies. =)
Tori, your welcome! =)
Sara, I so appreciate the organic farmers.. even though I use to roll my eyes at the word Organic a year ago. I just thought it was overpriced produce for rich people.. but I was so wrong! You and Davey have great benefits for having grown up around fresh fruits every summer! Maybe we will start an Organic fruit stand... =)

Kimberlynn said...

I'm working on this myself. It's not always easy. It can be hard to find all the things we need "organic". But I agree, it's the way to go.

Jess(ica) said...

Good luck with making the switch, I would love to be able to go organic as well... I really hope it ends up being a good change for you and your family!