Why choose organic? As a Naturopath I always try to encourage my clients to consume fresh, unprocessed whole foods. I am a massive advocate of buying local organic fresh produce. For many people the choice between buying organic and conventional foods has a lot to do with cost. Majority of consumers would like buy more organic food if it wasnt so expensive
The Environmental working group have compiled a list of “clean” and “dirty” fruit and vegetables. Listing the fruit and vegetables which contain the most chemicals and are recommended to buy organic and which are safer so you can balance out the cost.
The Dirty Dozen include: Apples, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, capsicum, potatoes, spinach, berries, kale, zucchini and lettuce.
The clean 15 include: Avocado, pineapple, cabbage, onions, asparagus, mangos, kiwi fruit, eggplant, grapefruit, cauliflower, rockmelon, sweet peas, paw paw, honey melon and sweet corn.
Here is my list of why you should choose organic food. I hope it helps making the switch just a bit easier….
Avoids pesticides – 150 of the commonly used pesticides are linked to many diseases including cancer.
High standards – Organic farms are inspected by an independent third party every year.
Protect the environment – Organic farmers work with nature providing habitats for natural predators such as beetles, spiders and birds, which help control pests.
Climate Change – A UK Government study found organic farms use 30 – 40% less energy than non-organic farms.
Avoid GM – Organic food and farming prohibits the growing of any GM (Genetically Modified) crops.
Taste – Organic fruit and vegetables tend to grow more slowly and have a-lower water content, which contributes to the flavour and nutrient content.
One of the top trends in recent years has been the return of farmers markets. Buying direct from local growers means that you are supporting the producers and not the big supermarket chains. Farmers markets are a great source of finding the best local and seasonal produce in the one location while connecting with your local community.
There are also many on-line organic food suppliers to choose from that offer home delivery.
So join the growing numbers that are making the switch.
Sources: Environmental working group (2017) Dirty dozen and clean 15. Retrieved from URL: http://www.ewg.org
Munch crunch (2015) Why go organic. Retrieved from URL: http://blog.munchcrunchorganics.com.au/why-go-organic-2-avoids-chemicals-pesticides-fertilizer