Are you making the change to eating more fresh fruit and vegetables but not quite there when it comes to going the organic route?
5 reasons to make this giant leap
1. Organic foods may be more expensive at the till but there are hidden costs in conventional food – the cost to our health, the cost of subsidies borne by taxpayers, the cost to the environment and much more.
2. An unbelievable amount of artificial poisons and chemicals end up on conventional food. The dirty dozen – those that you should avoid at all costs – are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. On the other hand, you can feel less guilty about these non-organic safer types: Onions, avocado, pineapples, mango, asparagus, frozen peas, kiwi fruit, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya.
3. Did you know that children are 4 time more vulnerable than adults to the widely used and cancer causing pesticides that are common in commercial growing?
4. Organic farmers associate with one another to fund research and share their knowledge on how to produce organic food without using pesticides and to lessen the impact on the environment.
5. Organic crops are rotated as opposed to the mono-cropping practised by conventional food growers that leads to the soil being stripped of natural nutrients to such an extent that it requires repeated applications of chemical fertilizers in an attempt to replenish the soil.
One alternative to paying the higher cost of some organic produce is to grow your own, giving you control over the food you eat and, of course, your food harvest will be the freshest it can be.
Even the smallest yard will accommodate raised beds or containers for gardening those dirty dozen essentials such as spinach, lettuce and strawberries.