The Importance of Organic Eating
Organically grown food seems to be a new thing among people and their eating habits. This is not necessarily true. One can think of it in terms that organic food is the way we used to grow our food and care for our farm animals. We have now incorporated so called advancements to both the way we grow and raise our food. This has led to the addition of many unnecessary and unhealthy chemicals being added to food, in an effort to make life easier. Essentially, these so called advancements are actually taking a step back from the way we were meant to farm and eat. In our effort to speed up the growing process and eliminate problems that may arise before they happen, we have created an unhealthy and unsustainable growing environment.
What Makes a Food Organic?
Organic foods are any foods that are grown without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, and genetically modified organisms, or ethically raised animals that have not been given growth hormones, or antibiotics. Farmers that produce organic foods have a goal of keeping plants and animals in their most natural and healthiest state while emphasizing renewable and sustainable resources and conserving soil and water.
In order for food to be marked organic, the farms must first be inspected by a certified, government approved inspector. The farm must also meet the necessary rules and guidelines set by USDA organic standards. The same standards also apply to companies that process the foods for restaurants and grocery stores.
Reasons Why Non-Organic Foods Can Be Harmful
Since non-organic foods contain such harmful substances as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, as well as other types of chemicals, over time this can lead to a build-up of toxins in the body. These toxins can increase health problems for people who have a pre-existing condition as well as create new medical conditions. Accumulated toxins in the body can create a variety of inflammatory issues and also lead to allergies.
Animals that are raised in a non-organic fashion are not ethically raised. They are fed animal byproducts, which can increase the risk of diseases such as mad cow disease for instance. To make matters worse, these animals are given antibiotics which may create resistant strains of bacteria. This resistance is passed on to us which makes it very difficult to treat many illnesses, and can lead to major health problems on a large scale.
Non-organic foods also contain many additives. These can include, but are not limited to, tetrazine (yellow coloring), monosodium glutamate, and aspartame. These substances have been linked to allergic reactions, asthma, and coronary heart disease, to name a few.
Radiation therapy is used on crops at various stages for killing bacteria. While this may seem like a suitable response to a problem, it can have very dangerous effects on the human body. It can cause cancer in the bones, kidneys, eyes, endocrine system, and reproductive organs.
Genetically modified crops are used in non-organic farming practices. These are bio-engineered from organisms that have had their DNA altered, which allows for the introduction of new traits while gaining control over existing traits. There have been studies done that indicate many health risks are associated with genetically modified foods. Some of these include immune problems, infertility, gastrointestinal issues, and accelerated aging.
Benefits of Eating Organically Grown Foods
There are a vast number of benefits and advantages to eating organic foods. The first and most overlooked is that this type of farming is better for the environment. Farmers that produce food organically use practices that prevent soil erosion, conserve water, reduce pollution, use less energy, and create soil fertility. Foods grown in this way are beneficial to the environment. By not using pesticides the nutrients in the soil do not get depleted. This creates a more fertile soil that is reusable for many years. This process also prevents the array of chemicals used in traditional farming from polluting nearby water sources.
The most obvious impact on eating organic foods is the effect it has on our bodies. Eating foods that are not laced with toxins and chemicals allow the body to remain in balance. This also discourages the build-up of free radicals in the body which then allows the body to heal quicker when needed.
Another advantage to eating organic foods is that they are fresher. Non-organic foods are filled with preservatives which make them last longer. This makes them seem fresh when in actuality they are not.
Finally, it has been proven that the meat, eggs and milk are richer in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce depression, improve vision, and reduce risk factors for heart disease.
Growing crops and raising farm animals organically may seem like more work, but when one looks at the overall picture, it is plain to see the benefits to us, to the animals, and to the land. Recent years have shown an increase in allergies, disease, and cancer. It is no coincidence that this increase coincides with the introduction of the insecticides, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and other additives to the food we all consume each and every day.