Are you wondering why organic food is better for you? Why is this industry growing? In June 2017, reports showed that sales of organic products had doubled since 2007, with totals reaching upwards of USD$47 billion.
Not only that as you hear of more people getting sick around you it might be time to look at what you’re putting in your mouth. In this blog, I go over why I switched to organic food and what the top 7 benefits are for you too as well.
Organic food is not a just a trend!
More than just a fashionable word ‘organic’ for me means a responsible approach to life. We need to start understanding how to live within our environment.
We need to start only adding to our lives that which nurtures and support us in a loving way.
I believe the world is slowly changing and people are starting to think about what they are putting into their bodies.
It’s a positive change and with access to so much information via the web why shouldn’t we find out what’s in our food and where it comes from?
As humans, we need to question everything and not just believe something because we’ve seen it on an advert, read it in a newspaper or someone told us about it.
We need to do our own research, see all sides of a story and make up our own minds about what’s right and wrong.
In today’s society, there is an enormous pressure of high population density necessitating the industrial production of foodstuffs and the production of foods containing unnatural substances.
In some cases, the real nutritional value almost ceases to exist. The nutritional value is added artificially to foods, so it’s important to know where your food comes from than ever before.
With our fast pace modern lifestyles, there has been a huge rise in takeaway foods, ready meals and demand for instant food/snacks at a cheap cost, which means mass-produced foods are more profitable.
Not only that foods also contain added processed salt, sugar, preservatives, colouring and chemicals to preserve shelf life.
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Top 5 reasons to buy organic food
You need to at least look into why people are switching to organic food and why you should be buying it. But don’t just take it from me, try it, read up about it, talk to people who grow/eat organic and make up your own mind.
1. Organic food has a higher level of nutrients
Because it’s grown with less harmful chemicals it has a high nutritional value. In terms of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, organic foods are much better for our health compared to products derived from industrial agriculture.
Industrial fast grown foods are packed with pesticides and can contain neurotoxins. Neurotoxins were used in chemical warfare in WW1, they are damaging to brain and nerve cells, yet despite this, they are used today for food pest control.
“The most common way most infants, children and adults are exposed to pesticides is by eating them on and in our food.” ~ Centre for ecogenetics and environmental health
Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults, so choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to dangerous chemicals, pesticides and genetically-modified organisms.
2. Organic food simply tastes better
It took me a few months to cut out the junk food and refined sugar (I’ll be doing a post later about how addictive sugar was for me).
After swapping out the bad for good over a period of time I now have a really healthy organic diet. and I will never go back as I can taste the difference. I also enjoy eating seasonally, trying new foods, experimenting with my meals.
From this change in lifestyle, many of the health issues I had have vanished and my skin looks much healthier.
3. Animal welfare
Organic standards insist that animals are given space and fresh air to grow and live more naturally. They also have standards to not use extra antibiotics, growth hormones and genetically modified vaccines in farm animals.
It’s important to find out where your animal products come from if you consume them. Every living creature on earth should be treated with respect and care. An animal that has given up its life so you may live is a blessing and shouldn’t be taken for granted.
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3. Working with nature
Organic farming works with the environment as it uses fewer pesticides. It’s a way of farming that protects and encourages wildlife whilst looking after the health of the soil and all the insects in that Ecosystem.
Instead of relying on chemicals, organic farmers work with nature to feed the soil, control pests and grow healthy crops which have stronger natural resistance to pests and diseases. Organic farming releases fewer greenhouse gases, which means it’s better for the sustainability of our planet.
4. Organic farms are safer for farm workers
People’s risk of being exposed to pesticides where products are derived from industrial agriculture can lead to many diseases. This is especially true in poorer countries where health and safety standards aren’t a priority.
“Pesticide self-poisoning hospitalizes over 2 million people and kills at least 150,000 people every year. The vast majority of pesticide self-poisoning occurs in rural settings in South and South-East Asia, Western Pacific, and African countries where residents, farmers and agricultural workers have easy access to highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) which are sold locally and stored in their homes. Many of 150,000 annual deaths occur in young people.” ~ CENTRE FOR PESTICIDE SUICIDE PREVENTION
Where every I’ve travelled to in the world I’ve always found a variety of local farmer’s market’s that supply organic produce. I love going to them as you can find out about a farm, talk to the farmer/worker at the stall, ask questions, as well as support a local trade and economy.
5. Organic food is safer, Organic food is tried and tested
Genetically-modified food is still in its experimental phase according to many of the GM companies, so no in-depth reports can be produced to see if there are any side-effects on peoples health.
Avoid being part of this wide-scale uncontrolled experiment, which modifies our natural biodiversity and stick to what is natural and test the benefits for yourself.
If you’re enjoying this article on organic food you may also like to look at my blog on organic skincare too!
Common gripes about organic food
It’s so expensive
Organic food can cost more than budget mass-produced brands, but often the bigger issue is that people only like to shop at one place, don’t have time or don’t know what to cook and don’t care about what they are eating.
I think taking an interest in what we put in is a sign of how much we care and respect ourselves and should be at the top of our list. What we eat effects everything from how we feel to our attitudes towards life.
Buying in bulk, being part of an organic buying group, joining a growing community, going down to local farmer’s market and shopping at online organic shops can be just as cost effective.
Buying cheap products where you don’t know how to pronounce half the ingredients on the back of the packet is not real food. I’ll be looking into these alternatives as my blog grows, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier.
Organic food goes off too quickly
Fresh organic produce does go off more quickly than foods with additives and chemical’s which enable it to last longer because it’s natural.
Planning your meals is the key here and gets easier the more you do it. It also means you don’t waste any of your food, can work with your budget and you tend to eat less.
You can also preserve, freeze, dehydrate and ferment foods to use up leftovers, so nothing should go to waste. Even the leftover scraps and skins make great compost for the garden.
I’ve found eating organic food = less food, as my body is getting all the nutrients it needs and feels full (this is also due to what I’m eating which I’ll talk more about as the blog goes on). Ever wondered why you feel the need to grab for chips, chocolate or something else after a meal?
How do I know it’s organic?
All you need to do is read the label and look for ‘Certified Organic’. I also like to look at the company’s website to see their standards. Just by reading labels you are making a simple change.
In every country I’ve lived in there is also a growing number of great online grocers that offer a great selection of organic produce straight to your door. They even give you recipes and tell you what’s in season so there is really no excuse!
With the change in the modern diet comes modern illnesses and disease, which is directly or indirectly, the result of poor nutrition.
As more fast, cheap food substitutes are developed and we grow older, we are going to see a negative change in people’s health from the long-term effects of eating these foods.
Why wait to see what happens, when you can do something about it now?