Organics

THE CASE FOR ORGANIC

Organic is somewhat of a reaction to the uncertainty of the real value of progress in agriculture and animal husbandry. We took hundreds of years to know what we were eating and drinking was beneficial to the human body. Now we dont know again. What is on or in our food that makes it different from the healthy product we think we are buying. Organic is as close to a safeguard as we can get and the more people that insist on organic, the more farms and industries will spring up that support the concept and the more reasonable the prices will become. The risks otherwise are very real that poisons of all types will accumulate in your system without you even knowing and the resulting poor health conditions are hard for the medical profession to deal with because the poisons cant be eliminated by conventional medicinal practices. Look at thalidomide. The consequences of this wonderful new drug have been life destroying for thousands. So the total effect of alien substances in our foods is still not known but we do know that our younger generation are suffering from more ailments than ever before. Secondly plants contain a secret defense system. When stressed by insects, plants produce higher levels of natural pesticides called polyphenolic compounds, which happen to be potent antioxidants. But when chemical pesticides are used on crops, extra protection isn’t needed, so fewer polyphenolics develop and antioxidant content is depleted. Organic is also the best defence to geneticaly modified food proliferation. Once again this is incideously destructive when you consider that canned meat products, frozen pizzas, instant soups, sauces, curries, baby foods, cereals, pasta, bread and biscuits, baby milk, snacks, ice cream, chocolate, veggie burgers and pet food from various prominant companies contain geneticaly modified ingredients. Well may the uninitiated say so what but it was recently revealed from a Scottish research establishment by a professor Arpad Pusztai that rats fed on genetically modified potatoes grew smaller internal organs and weaker immune systems. We human beings all over the world are the testing laboratory for all sorts of variations to the tried and true methods of growing and marketing crops and animals. Insistance on organic wherever possible will help to avoid your inclusion in the program. Organic produce also tastes better and has more minerals and vitamins in a closer proportion to that intended by our creator. Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:
• Peaches
• Apples
• Sweet bell peppers
• Celery
• Nectarines
• Strawberries
• Cherries
• Lettuce
• Grapes (imported)
• Pears
• Spinach
Potatoes
But be VERY careful as the list above is for fruits and vegetables.  Non-organic meats have far higher concentrations of pesticides than all of the fruits and vegetables.  And the highest concentration of pesticides is actually in non-organic butter.Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown. Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:
• Broccoli
• Eggplant
• Cabbage
• Banana
• Kiwi
• Asparagus
• Sweet peas (frozen)
• Mango
• Pineapple
• Sweet corn (frozen)
• Avocado
Onion ……….. government advice – at least in the U.K. – which currently states that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice.
For example, this study found that:
• Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants
• Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc
• Milk from organic herds contained up to 90 percent more antioxidants
The researchers even went so far as to say that eating organic foods can help to increase the nutrient intake of people who don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.