Before you disregard this post and label me a hippy, I urge you to read what's to follow. I understand the argument(s) against eating organic food. The top three include:
1) Greater food costs
2) The inability of the FDA to fully regulate all organic farms and food producers, and
3) How misleading the word 'organic' can be
The above are all very valid arguments. It is very true that organic food tends to cost a lot more than your generic grocery store brands. It's also true that the FDA is entirely undermanned and incapable of holding the tens of thousands of organic farms nationwide accountable. And, sadly, major corporations are able to get away with using the term 'organic' in reference to food that's just not good for you.
But why should you err towards buying from the organic aisles at the grocery store anyway? Well, if you've read the news lately, you'll begin to get it...
Earlier this week, 'a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology found a link between having levels of a DDT byproduct in the blood and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.' While DDT has been outlawed for use in the US (whether on regular or organic farms), we import a great deal of our foods from other countries; particularly fruits and vegetables that aren't in-season here in the US. Ingestion of these pesticides can create several health problems over time; the study mentioned above showed that the folks with more severe cases of Alzheimer's and other chronic health problems had higher levels of DDT and other pesticides in their bloodstreams.
Moreover, a great deal of non-organic farmers feed their livestock antibiotics to ward off disease. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing for the animals, it's not good for us. For those of you not familiar with how viruses work, they are capable of adapting to different strains of antibiotics; this is why drugs like Penicillin stopped warding off different types of STDs over a decade ago, and new strains of the antibiotic had to be created to treat these ailments. By injecting our food supply with antibiotics, we enable viruses that would normally attack these animals to adapt, and become more prevalent; not just in our food, but in our environments. This does not bode well for us when we are ridden with a virus and need the aid of antibiotics to get rid of it.
As you'll see in earlier articles, the foods that you SHOULD be eating regularly are 'meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.' If you purchase these products from organic farms, you're leaving yourself far less vulnerable to the likelihood of ingesting toxic chemicals.
That being said, I'll part with this question: Would you rather pay more money to have a better chance of eating safe food, or would you rather save some money and knowingly leave yourself more susceptible to fatal disease(s)? The choice is yours.
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