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Why Organic?

Organic Farms & Foods

When organic farmers grow their food they use a different method of farming. This method is the most sustainable method of farming and has been used for thousands of years. Organic foods are made according to certain production standards, meaning they are grown without the use of conventional pesticides and artificial fertilizers, free from contamination by human or industrial waste, and processed without irradiation or food additives. If livestock are involved, organic herds must be reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones (RBGH or RBST). You might be saying to yourself: "Aren’t todays farming techniques safter than the techniques used in the past?". This is a good question but you must remember that there are NO new farming techniques. The only thing that has changed are the TOOLS and CHEMICALS that are used today. Making sure that livestock are fed is not a new technique but the actual food that they feed the livestock is the primary difference; on commercial farms livestock eat unnatural feed, many times, the feed has been produced in a laboratory or it’s not the type of food that the animal naturally eat. On Organic farms, animals eat and graze on the God-given food that nature produces. If you are unsure whether or not a farm is organic, then go visit the farm yourself. Organic farmers are usually LOCAL and they are open to the public. Most of them have buying groups (CSA’s) and most of them have opprotunities where you can volunteer time on the farm so you can actually see where your food comes from and how its made. Organic Farming promotes accountability, environmental responsibility, and a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t eat food produced with organic farming, that means you eat food from commercial farming.


Commercial Farms & Food

On commercial farms, (of which 97% of the food in your local Food Lion, Bottom Dollar, Bloom, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Wal-mart, and Farm Fresh originates from) foods are raised using pestcides, herbicides, fertilizers, irradiation, sewage slude, animal growth hormones, animal antibiotics and unsustainable disposal channels. And in some cases (if not most) the food is GENETICALLY MODIFIED. [This is where you get the acronym: GMO- Genetically Modified Organisms] Commercial farmers use chemical fertilizers to support plant growth while organic farmers apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants. Commercial Food is processed for the purpose of mass production, so the nutrional value becomes minimal at best. The primary goal in the commercial food industry, storablility, takes top priority over nutrition because the longer you can leave a food in the warehouse or on the shelf the more money you can make off of it. Food that has high nutritional value will spoil because it is "LIVING FOOD", and when this food spoils it should be used as compose so that it can enrich the soil from which the food orignated in the first place. Commercial foods then rob you of your nutrients and the earth of its nutrients. Eating commercial foods (this includes fast foods, and most restaurant foods) makes its it almost impossible for you and your family to get the correct amount of essential vitamins and amino acids that your body requires on a daily basis. With commercial farming& food production there remains no integrity when it comes to sustainability, social responsibility or environmental ethics.


The Importance of Organic Foods

One of the main benefits of organic foods is its nutritional value and its ability to optimize your health. (If you notice on the Biggest Loser, you will hear that contestants say they eat organic goods on the show.) Study after study shows that organic food has a higher nutritional content than conventionally raised food. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, for example, found that organic foods are more likely to help you fight cancer. And another study found that rats that ate organic food had far better health compared to rats on non organic food, including:


  • Improved immune system
  • Better sleeping habits
  • Less weight and were slimmer than rats fed other diets
  • Higher vitamin E content in their blood (for organically fed rats)
  • The nutritional value at least doubles (if not four times over) by percentage points on every food item. Decreasing one's toxin burden and increasing one's intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can have a significant impact on health,
    especially when trying to improve or restore health.
  • Organically grown foods are higher in cancer-fighting chemicals than conventionally grown foods
  • No preservatives = Fewer allergies & fewer bad reactions

How to Buy Organic Foods
  1. Are Natural Foods, Organic Foods? No, All Organic products say they are ‘Organic’ on them. Buying a product that says ‘Natural’ does not mean the food is organic. Remember, you are paying the premium for ‘Organic Foods’ Not natural foods.
  2. Organic foods, with the USDA Organic label, are categorized three different ways. 100% organic, 95% organic, and 70% organic. When the green seal is used you know that the food is at least 95% organic. 70% organic products do not have the seal but list which ingredients are organic in their product.
  3. Buy Local! Many local farms will use organic techniques even if the farm is not certified. Do research online to find out whether there are any CSA’s or Organic farmers in your area. Don’t be afraid to visit these locations (we take vacations to Theme Parks and Resorts, why not spend time to visit a place that supplies food to the community?)
  4. Always read the Ingredients label! The most important label on any product is the ingredients section. Even if a product says "Organic" read the ingredients label. If you cant pronounce the words on the label then they probably CAN’T make an organic version of that CHEMICAL. If you can’t READ it, don’t EAT it.
  5. Do your Research & Save money. You can’t buy the same commercial foods in an organic version. The cost of processing an organic version of a frozen pizza is higher than a commercial one. But you shouldn’t be eating frozen pizza anyway. Do your research to find out which foods are right for your native culture. Find out which WHOLE GRAINS and HIGH FIBER foods you can buy to stretch your favorite organic meals. Many whole grains do not cost that much per pound. You will find that eating commercial costs you and your family too much!
  6. Start cooking again or cook more often. Learn how to show your family that you love them again by preparing more meals at home. Buy organic ingredients so that you can make the food yourself. Organic pizza night (if you make the dough & sauce yourself) will be fun, healthy, and economical for the whole family.

Fun Activity: Product Comparison

Comparison on Cranberry Juices Ingredients List:


1) OceanSpray LIGHT CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL:Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sucrose, Cranberry Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Natural Flavors, Red 40.


2.} Lakewood Organic Pure Cranberry: FRESH PRESSED JUICE FROM CERTIFIED ORGANIC CRANBERRIES


Note: For the best blend of cranberry juice please buy Organic (especially if drinking for health benefits). Otherwise, you are wasting money and your health.