Organic or non-organic? This is one of the topics I have been hesitant to discuss because I believe we don’t have all the information we need to make a definitive answer. However, there is never going to be a time when we do know all we need to know, so I thought it was important to begin the discussion so that we are at least informed.
I have read a lot of “scary” material on non-organic foods and have therefore chosen to purchase exclusively organic products. With that said, there are times I am out to eat, at someone else’s home, or my husband does the shopping and it is not guaranteed everything is organic. Like most things these days, I let it go and don’t let it fester into something worse-stress!
Regardless if it is organic or non-organic, I always thoroughly wash food without protective wrapping for the simple fact that it has been touched by numerous hands in the journey to get into my grocery bag.
To give you a front seat on the discussion, I’ve chosen to summarize the two arguments in order for you to make a decision on what’s best for you and your family.
Organic All Day Every Day
-Hormones: animals raised for slaughter are treated with hormones and chemicals which studies have shown stay in the meat after slaughter
-Pesticides: conventionally grown crops are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, which in large doses can be absorbed into the skin of produce and ingested into our bodies
-Reduction in food additives: regulations for organic foods restrict manufacturers from adding in things such as preservatives and artificial colors or sweeteners
-Conservation: organic farmers take care to reduce pollution, conserve water and monitor soil quality
Non-organic For Me Please
-No extra health benefits: some research shows there is not a significant difference in nutritional benefits between organic and non-organic foods
-Food waste: due to lack of preservatives, organic foods have a shorter shelf life and spoil faster, often before they are able to be consumed
-Cost: organic foods are nearly double the cost of non-organic foods due to more expensive farming techniques and standards
-Misleading: labels that boast “organic” only need to follow 95% of the guidelines to be labeled as such, 100% organic labeled products are the only truly organic foods
Whatever you decide is right for you, I encourage you to always rinse and wash all produce, buy the least processed food with fewest ingredients, and shop local when possible.
When you are consuming products that have been produced in your backyard with minimal travel time, you can rest assured they will not only taste delicious but make you feel nourished and satisfied with nutrients that are not tainted with and altered, instead derived straight from mother nature.
I feel like the weather rollercoaster we’ve been on in SD has finally caught up with me and I need some downtime to curl up with a book and tea 🙂
Would love to hear your thoughts on organic vs. non organic!