(According to Jillian) Why go Organic?
Pesticides. Herbicides. Toxic chemicals being dumped on our veggies/fruits (or injected into our animals).Organics do the following:
*Help you stay slim and prevent diabetes
*Help you avoid scary hormones
*Help you avoid pesticides and other chemicals
*Help you prevent antibiotic resistance
*Make your food taste better (it's fresher!)
*Make your diet more diverse (eating foods in the correct season!)
*Make your food more nutritious
*Help save the Earth
30,000 men who use pesticides in their work on farms were studied by the National Institute of Health. These "licensed applicators" probably had protective gear (goggles, gloves, boots, etc.) but researchers found that if these men used any one of the seven specific pesticides, they had a much greater risk of diabetes. Now, unlike many of these men, we're not just exposed to the pesticides. We're EATING them.
Tomato Story:Tomatoes are created with the best cancer-fighting health benefits available with no harmful side effects. But what happens when it's grown conventionally and not organically?
1. It is sprayed with up to seven (legal) pesticides.
2. It is picked too early because it must make a long journey across the country or the world from its original location to the supermarket.
3. The tomato is still green when it gets to the supermarket, so it is sprayed with argon gas to make turn red prematurely.
The result? The tomato is no longer the best cancer-fighting vegetable with no harmful side effects, it is now poison. And has also polluted the air from traveling so far.
The most common complaints about organic fruits/veggies is that they don't last as long (something that can actually be welcome after that tomato story!) and they are more expensive. The thing is, if more people bought organic, then the prices would go down. Organic farming is not just good for YOU, it's also good for the EARTH. All around it makes sense. A lot of people (business people, usually) tell us that buying organic doesn't make a difference. We should just wash our veggies and fruits really well. I'll be the first to say that I somewhat agree with it, especially when it comes to the expense. But...not really. Because the people telling us to do that are the ones farming with pesticides. Of COURSE they are going to tell us to not worry about organic, eh? Organic food is just better for us in every way. It truly is. So, I am trying to buy organic whenever I can, now. And if I can't? I just make sure it's still food. Whole food. Food that came from the ground or had a mother.
Plus, I'm going to grow my own tomatoes and peppers and such, so it will be much cheaper to get them organically! In fact, that's a great idea: Grow your own. Or go to Farmer's Markets. The one in Provo is supposed to be great --can you believe I've never gone? Not this year! I'll be heading over there as soon as it starts in May.
Now, if you would like to buy organic and you don't know where to start, Jillian gives the following lists:
Always buy organic (it's just safer!):
1. Meat, dairy, and eggs
2. Coffee (ooh! I'm saving money here!)
3. Peaches and nectarines
5. Bell peppers
6. Celery (I hate celery! Saving more money!)
10. Foods you eat a lot
Sometimes buy organic (not necessary, but still a good idea):
1. Processed foods (you shouldn't be eating these, anyway!)
Don't bother buying organic (don't be fooled into wasting your money):
1. Seafood (just buy ocean caught if you can)
2. Water (duh! Just get a purifier)
3. Foods you don't eat that often
So, that's what I am trying to do. Organic never appealed to me before, but now it sure as heck does!