So a couple of you asked me my thoughts on a recently publicized article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which cited a report by the British government that stated that organic food is not nutritionally superior or have any more health benefits than conventionally grown food. Well I have lots of thoughts on this!
First off, we can not get too wrapped up with a report from any governmental agency. Let’s not forget that our own government has deemed certain pesticides safe while independent agencies have concluded that up to 93% of these pesticides have not been adequately tested independently or in combination (!) to ascertain their ability to cause cancer and other diseases, as well as genetic mutations and birth defects. And what of independent, non-governmental studies, such as one conducted by Rutgers University in 2002, which found an astonishing difference in mineral concentration between organic and commercial produce?
Hmmm. Interesting. It seems my dear friends, quite apparent that we must think for ourselves, instead of blindly trusting what the world governments publish…which are not always in our best self interest. We must also ask ourselves the question, “Who controls the food supply?” and “Don’t commercial farmers, and the massive chemical companies that supply their pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc. have huge personal interest to protect?”
Let us remember loves, that there is lobbying and all kinds of inside governmental deals with the food industry. And let us remember that studies can always be skewed to show what a particular party wants to prove.
Although this article did not see documented significant nutrient differences between organic and conventional food, it also did not necessarily rule out that possibility. For more fun political discussions, check out my blog on corn, and the cornification of America. :)
So now let’s put aside governmental studies aside and defer to our own common sense and what rings true to our intuition. Organic farming does not use pesticides, synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics, and builds healthy soil (while protecting natural resources) through methods like crop rotation, so there is not a depletion of minerals in its soil. Minerals are our one of our key beauty building blocks!
Conventional farming uses tons (literally) of ultra scary pesticides that leak into the soil and into the produce themselves. Instead of being healthy and strong, the plants are basically kept artificially alive in unhealthy soil— unhealthy partly because so many massive quantities of the same kind of crop are grown over and over again, season after season, which goes against the natural laws of nature. It also uses lot of genetic modifications- to help grow more! faster! But at the cost of being grown naturally and being well…natural!!!!
We all know that organic food tastes significantly better than conventional food. If you have ever had the good fortune of trying an organic banana, you will agree with me that its conventional pseudo brother banana tastes like a chalky imitation with about 25% of the banana flavor added back in.
The color of organic food is vibrant with life force, grown naturally in the sun with maximum chlorophyll and strength. The conventional food is pushed and propped up through the food chain as fast as possible, in as large amounts of possible.
It is not ripened on the vine, but rather prematurely picked from an already mineral-depleted soil and ripe instead with chemicals, then shipped all over the country and world. The health of produce has to come directly from the soil content- where it gets all its minerals. Once picked, a fruit or vegetable stops deriving additional nutrition, including chlorophyll and minerals.
Come on guys- can we really not think that organic produce is healthier than commercial produce, when we really look at the process that each is grown? Again, forget about “studies” and let’s take our own view.
To me, the choice is obvious. We are at a crucial juncture where we must protect our planet, our environment, our water sources (which are being destroyed by the chemical pesticides) and the natural laws of nature.
And on a microcosmic scale, we owe it to ourselves, our families and children, to get as much organic produce that we can afford and is available to us, to keep chemicals, fertilizers and genetically modified foods away.
I stand by organic farming 100%! And what could be better? Well organic and local. So I hope to see you at the farmer’s market. :)