If you've ever walked through the doors of a grocery store, the word organic should definitely ring a bell.
Where did the organic movement start and why is it a healthy choice?
Wait a second, healthy produce isn't healthy?!
Well no, many of our produce options in the grocery store contain trace amounts of pesticides and growth chemicals. Are strawberries really supposed to be the size of a baseball? Of course not! Choosing organic
helps keep these pesticides out of our bodies and keeps our healthy options as pure as possible.
We've got the top five reasons you should make the switch to organic, some of which might just surprise you.
1. Eating chemicals.
Commercially grown food is simply laden with chemicals. Over 600 different chemicals and pesticides are registered
and allowed for commercial farming and these all find their way into our foods after being heavily saturated into the water, air and soil for more years than we can count. On average, our chemical consumption equates to an alarming 16 pounds per person per year. Sounds tasty right?
2. More nutrients.
You might hear a lot about GMO's
but what are they? GMO's
mean genetically modified organisms, otherwise known as lab created produce. Yikes! These foods don't have to be labeled in America, offering more opportunity for the food we eat to slip between the cracks and avoid big safety regulations
in the United States that are designed to keep us safe. To be labeled organic, these foods can't be genetically modified in any way.
4. Preserve our ecosystems.
Commerical farming pollution is not exclusively affecting the greater environment, smaller ecosystems are dramatically injured by these processes. With organic farming, the care taken to preserve nutrients in the soil and the reduction of pesticides
help small ecosystems of wildlife like frogs, insects, birds and soil organisms thrive naturally.
5. Promote agricultural diversity.
Choosing organic is easier than you think and it makes a big impact for our bodies, the environment and the economy of smaller and responsible farms.
Next time you're shopping for your week's fruits and veggies, take a look at some of the organic options available. Taking the initiative to choose organic makes a big difference in the staples that keep us feeling our best and meeting our health and wellness goals.