The What and Why You Should Buy Organic
Why Should You Buy Organic
The scientific community is also expressing an increasing consensus that even small doses of pesticides and related chemicals can have an adverse affect on people, especially the very young and our aging boomers. And because the toxic effects of pesticides are at best, not very well understood and in some instances they are completely unstudied, conciencous shoppers should look to reduce or completely eliminate exposure to pesticides whenever possible.
An organic farm’s “Best Practice” in this area is designed to prevent pest problems naturally and to only use organically approved pesticides when absolutely necessary. In a conventional farm their best practice is called “sustainable agriculture practice” or Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It is environmentally dangerous and the resulting amount of pesticides is staggering. Stronger federal regulations to reduce the high toxic makeup of commercial pesticides have continued to stall due to both the strong lobby that these manufacture’s have as well as the huge amount of pesticides that need to be reviewed and tested.
According to a recent study by the European Union organic fruits, milk and vegetables are just more nutritious than their non-organic versions. They reported that organic fruits and vegetables have up to 40% more antioxidants while organic milk had 60% more antioxidants and essential fatty acids than the standard commercial fare.
Their complete list shows the ratings of 43 non-organic fruits and vegetables and which ones you should avoid in the grocery store and which ones are acceptable. For the complete list as well as some other great information on this subject visit Environmental Working Group.
So now that you know what to look for and which fruits and vegetables you should be looking at organic alternatives for – but what if your grocery store doesn’t carry these organic versions? Well we have found a terrific resource to show you not only where to buy the best organic and local fruits and vegetables but in turn you are also supporting your area’s farmers and buying local. LocalHarvest is the best organic and local food locating website we have come across and all you have to do is enter in your zip code and an acceptable mile radius that you are willing to drive to get to this produce and they will provide you a list of all the local farms and farmer’s markets in your area that sell direct to thee public.