August 15, 2011
In our youth we're taught that routine makes life simple. We all have daily routines: wake up, brush our teeth, go to work, get home, eat dinner, spend too much time on Facebook, etc. We then have weekly routines: go to the gym, get the car washed, and of course--going grocery shopping. Seeing as gathering sustenance for the week is already incorporated into our everyday, it's simple enough to make some of our weekly purchases organic.
Why, you ask? Well, there are the most obvious reasons: avoiding GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, protecting your body and the environment against potential carcinogens (cancer causing agents), and supporting independent farmers. Simply put, the food tastes better, has greater nutritional value and is less likely to turn you into a radioactive creature from a 50's horror film than its non-organic counterparts.
Here's what to do. When you're in a rush you can shop organic at most major grocery stores; just look for the label that says Certified Organic. And if you have an hour or two to spare, make an outing to your local farmers market. Your produce will cost less, you'll have the opportunity to meet small business owners in your community and who knows? Maybe the vegetable guy will be cute.
I'll go a step further to make buying organic easier for you. Here is a list of foods you should commit to buying organic next time you go to the store. Focus on these first to simplify the process and make a big impact.
These foods go at the top of the list because the non-organic options are the highest in pesticides:
Apples, Nectarines, Spinach, Strawberries and Blueberries
Potatoes, Kale, Collard greens, other Roots or vegetables that come from under the soil.
For a full list check out the Environmental Working groups Dirty Dozen : http://www.foodnews.org/
These foods are next on the list because they are harmful in other ways. Ways we don't always think about when we're filling our shopping carts:
Delicate as a banana? Though not a popular phrase, those of us who have eaten one know how fragile they are. In order to keep bananas fresh, yellow and beautiful, massive amounts of toxins are used on plantations. Among them Aldicarb and DCBP, which are directly linked to sterility and cancer. The vast majority of banana plantations are located in third-world countries, where workers are expected to provide their own protection against these and other chemicals, making it all in all an ugly scene.
The people who work on Coffee plantations generally live nearby and thereby share the plantation's water source. That means if the coffee's not organic the pesticides used not only taint the robust flavor of your cup of Joe, but slowly poison the people picking the worlds most popular bean.
There is a synthetic growth hormone given to cows to increase milk production called rBGH. It does indeed increase milk production. Unfortunately, it also increases a woman's chance of getting breast cancer (amongst others cancers linked to rGHP.) When buying milk and cheese (the hormone is illegal in Europe, so European cheeses are safe) just look for the label that says organic, or no rBGH.
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