Organic Produce – The Debate

There once was a time when all produce was farmed organically, without pesticides, herbicides or hormones. This time is long, long gone. Over the years, our increasing population caused a high demand for large-scale farming, which in turn created a need for working against the natural cycles of the earth and utilizing chemical sprays. These unnatural sprays are now being debated to be the cause of many auto-immune diseases that are emerging**. Whatever your belief in this matter, there are a few facts that you can’t ignore.

Pesticides

What the debate comes down to in my eyes, is the need to nourish our bodies on a truly deep level. However, it appears that this nourishment comes at a cost that people are not willing to pay. The average person barely bats an eye at the $500 cost of the latest iphone, as well as the added monthly cost of using the new gadget. However, $0.75 for an organic apple can be enough to send them down the aisle to the non-organic apples to save $0.20. Or worse yet, to skip purchasing any apples all together. Might I suggest that as a society, we have a few of our priorities a little mixed up?

The issue here is that there are advocates FOR and advocates AGAINST. The research that has been conducted is inconclusive as to whether or not organic produce is actually “healthier” for you – but again, the term “healthier” can vary depending on study and researcher. If you wanted to, you could find articles supporting the ingestion of organic produce, and you could also find articles telling you that paying extra for organic anything is a load of crap.

IIN swirlFresh organic produce contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients than intensively farmed produce. The average conventionally grown apple has 20 to 30 artificial chemicals on its skin, even after rinsing.
Joshua Rosenthal, Founder & Director  Integrative Nutrition

The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?

I’m not here to end the debate and tell you which one is actually the best option for you. I’m here to suggest that our population as a whole could benefit from consuming significantly more fresh produce on a daily basis, organic or not. I personally purchase organic produce whenever possible because I strive for a purely whole foods diet and pesticides are not a whole food…therefore the absence of pesticides is of value to me.

 Ultimately, we all need to eat more fruit and vegetables regardless of whether they are organic or not… Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist  Public Health England

There is no need to break the bank buying absolutely everything organic before doing your own research. And there also is no need to continue putting unnecessary chemicals and pesticides into your body. In order to be an educated and empowered consumer, refer to these two guides outlining the produce items that you should always strive to purchase organic, and the others that you can be less picky about.

Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen

Thank you to the Environmental Working Group for putting together the
Dirty Dozen Plus and the Clean Fifteen.
Download their app to be your guidance while grocery shopping.

So what it comes down to is the value you place on your health.
If the saying is true, “you are what you eat” then what do you want to be?
What do you choose to fuel your body with?
What tools are you giving to your body to perform on a daily basis?

Yours in Heath, Happiness & Pure Vitality

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** National Center for Health Research