Many people say that you shouldn’t waste your money on organic foods.  On the flip side, many people are unwavering about buying organic whenever possible.  What should you do?  Is buying organic worth the extra expense?  I say “heck yea” and here’s why:

Ingesting pesticides (poison that kills bugs), added growth hormones and antibiotics on a regular basis is a recipe for disaster.  And there is too much data that points to health compromises that one cannot ignore.

Consuming pesticides don’t cause health problems immediately.  But over time, they have been linked to cancer, nervous system damage and birth defects, nerve to name a few. The NCBI for example, provided an abstract linking pesticides to tumors in laboratory animals.  They also revealed, that the pesticides that directly attack the nervous system of pests to eradicate them, can also cause damage to human nervous system.  In addition, they say, “There is a growing body of evidence that agro-chemical exposures may contribute to birth defects”.

If that’s not enough to convince you, communities surrounded by agriculture that have been exposed to farm chemicals have higher incidences of sickness, brain damage and birth defects than the rest of the population.  These are “poisons” that kill insects!  Even without all the research and observations, it makes common sense that if you eat poison on a regular basis, it will have a negative effect on the human body.  I don’t need a chemistry degree to make that conclusion.

So you have a choice,

“Pay for food that is non-toxic, or pay the doctor later on.  Either way, you’re going to pay”

Here are some tips:

If cost is an issue – Prioritize what you buy organic.  Here’s where “Less” is Better!  Less poison is better than a lot of poison.  No one can be truly 100% toxin free even if you buy everything organic – because toxins from the farms that pollute the earth seep into other areas as well in the air, water and land.

Get the List

The EWG has created a list of foods you should buy organic and foods you can buy conventional because it doesn’t have much residue of pesticides in the edible portion.  It’s called the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.  The list is available via EWG.org.

Also, for foods that may not be on the list, think for the most part, if it has a thick inedible skin, the edible part inside probably will not have much pesticide residue.

Wash-up

Wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly with a veggie brush or fruit and veggi wash spray.  Rinsing bananas, oranges and other fruit that has a thick inedible skin may be a good idea since there may be a film of pesticide residue on the skin and will get all over your hands.   Many times you can actually see the residue.

Reduce Exposure

Also, be sure to buy organic foods that you consume often.  For example, if you eat a lot of peanut butter; I recommend you buy organic peanut butter.

Other Countries

Also note that if you purchase conventional produce that is imported from other countries, they may use pesticides that are banned even in this country.  So buy local whenever possible.

Get the Best Price

Look for sales and shop in season.  Shop local farmers market also.

Sometimes organic foods can cost just a little bit more, the same price or cheaper in some instances.

For example,

– I purchased Organic Grass Fed Beef for only 49 cents more per pound when it was on sale.  So I stocked up and froze several packages.

– In the summer, I also often purchased organic strawberries for the same price as conventional.

– We also have a store called Trader Joe’s that has very affordable prices on organic foods as well.

You may want to seriously think about what you eat and how much toxins you put in your body.  We were magnificently created to detox from toxins, but we can only detox from so much poison; then when your body has had too much, it may result in unwanted health problems.  Stay informed and make the best choices for your health.

Be blessed in whole health!

~Evelyn 

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