5 no-quibble reasons to eat organic

Why buy organic food?

It’s a question I get asked on a regular basis.

Sadly – and quite erroneously – the consumption of organic food has for years been associated with the demonstration of affluence. It’s even been referred to as a glib food fad which exists only as a money-spinner for those who peddle it.

As you probably already guessed, that is not a view I share.

And just as chance would have it, there’s a MAJOR political u-turn which could be about to take place in the UK, which illustrates perfectly the most important justification for eating organic.

In short, the UK Government has just given the go-ahead for toxic-coated seeds – proven to harm and kill bees – to be sown across the UK. It’s all in the name of their so-called “National Pollinator Strategy”, apparently.

It’s madness. It’s dangerous, and if it’s allowed to happen, it will affect the food on YOUR dinner plate before long.

You wouldn't pour this on your food, now, would you?
You wouldn’t pour this on your food, now, would you?

Not only will it have a detrimental affect on the very creatures which produce our food in the first place – bees and other pollinators – but it’s also wedging open the door to companies who have decided to combine the production of pesticides and poison with food production.

If that doesn’t set alarm bells ringing, there’s something up.

I’m not going to bang on about this particular example anymore, but here is the link if you want to sign the petition which will hopefully bring the blinkered pen-pushers behind this insanity to their senses. And please share it.

If you eat food, you NEED to support this petition. And you need to do it NOW:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/neonics-uk/?akid=12123.2987456.-6vO6_&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=2

So, back to the original point: Why (else) eat organic?

As luck would have it, a timely email arrived in my inbox on this very subject. So what I am about to share is a combination of my own views, with a few factoids shamelessly extracted from the expertise of Brian Hetrich, chief grower at Hippocrates Health Institute. Thanks, Brian.

 

  1. If you’re in the USA, it’s a must:

When I spent a few months in the USA last year, something which became very apparent to me was that the food system over there is in BIG trouble. And all largely because of multi-national conglomerates and their relentless pursuit of profit at all costs.

The situation there continues to worsen year on year, and in the case of a growing number of staple foodstuffs in their food chain, the only way to be 100% sure of avoiding toxic-laced GM foods is by buying organic.

And with this latest crazy strategy on the UK’s horizon, we could soon find ourselves in the same sorry boat.

 

  1. If you’re in Europe, you still need to:

Although things are markedly better in the UK and Europe, things are already by no means perfect, hence my most-read blog on the fruits and vegetables which should only be eaten if they are organic.

There are now in excess of 85,000 chemicals which make their way into our systems, mostly through food.

 

  1. The chemicals in non-organic foods WILL creep up on you over a lifetime:

Sure, you’re not going to drop dead if you eat a non-organic piece of fruit, just like you won’t keel over from drinking a glass of milk.

But it’s the cumulative effect of all these things which may well end up biting you on the bum, resulting in all the common diseases we get in the west which we always justify as developing because of “old age”.

GM foods might not be rife here – and anything which has come within a hair’s breadth of genetic modification is strictly labelled and declared – but if you buy non-organic foods, you are also consuming pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and insecticides every time you take a bite.

And over a lifetime, that’s going to have an effect at some point. Your liver is arguably the hardest-working organ in your body, performing more than 500 functions daily. But it doesn’t wear a cape, and there’s only so much it can do to protect you over a lifetime.

What’s more, an overloaded liver will store toxins in your fat cells, and there they will sit until you lose that fat (which most people never get round to doing).

FACT: DDT was banned from use in the USA in 1972, but this very dangerous pesticide is still showing up today in the placenta of birthing mothers.

 FACT: Girls exposed to DDT before puberty are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer in middle age, according to the USA’s President’s Cancer Panel.

 

  1. Organic food is more nutritious:

 

Better soil means better veg!
Better soil means better veg!

Non-organic foods produced with the assistance of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and the like become dependent on those chemicals over time, and are weaker, both nutritionally and structurally as a result. And the soils in which non-organic fruit and veg grow are depleted of minerals.

Small-scale organic farming: does it have a future?
Small-scale organic farming: does it have a future?

 

Farmers generally only use 3 main elements on their soils: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, simply because these are the best for encouraging a plant to grow faster. But going back in time, our soils were full of scores of other trace minerals. Over-farming and a lack of crop rotation has virtually brought most of our topsoil to its knees.

Because organic farming strays away from this practice, and uses only NATURAL substances, the soil is far superior, not least because of crop rotation, whereby different crops are sown over a cycle of several years, with different crops taking different things from the soil, giving it time to recover. This NEVER happens in conventional (non-organic) farming.

FACT: According to a UCLA study conducted on iron in spinach in the USA, it was concluded that you would have to eat 43 bowls of spinach in 1997 to equal just 1 bowl in 1953!

5. You might shed a few pounds – like my friend did:

I have a friend who has a severe reaction if he eats any foods with the vague labelling of “flavourings”. He’s laid up for days. But the last time I saw him, I asked him what he’d changed in his diet, as he had lost a noticeable amount of weight and had a real glow about him. “Nothing”, he said. “Apart from changing over to eating as much organic as I can.”

 So, your call. But I hope I’ve at least illustrated that buying organic is a pivotal health choice, and not one made by yummy mummys driving around in Chelsea tractors.

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by George

I’m George Dryden - a slightly-off-the-wall-but-in-a-good-way journalist, blogger and almost-raw vegan. In April 2014, I graduated as a Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Health Institute, in Florida, USA (more about George)

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