Is Organic for you?

fn6_usdaorganicsealSo apparently there’s this new Organic-rave sweeping the Health and fitness community, but what do we know about Organic Produce exactly? Is it just some costly money gimmick or could it be the game-changer among those fervently trying to balance their biological systems as a whole. I admit I jumped on the bandwagon after trying to fit a pair of skinny jeans I wore last summer. I jerked one leg after another through the pant while lying on the bed to fasten the jeans and I was successful, but ended up with a muffin top. All this occurred while my 6-year-old daughter watched at the door laughing at me frantically. Needless to say I started my journey to find whatever I can, as healthy as I can for a resolve. I searched my local grocery store and found Organic brand foods offered by Full Circle and chose items I eat on a daily basis.  image1image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SO!…

What exactly are Organics?
– Foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products that are produced in an ecological environment that supports plants and animals growing together in the most natural way possible. To be labeled as “Organic”, farmers must follow national standards established in The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) for the production and handling of foods.
– To adhere to these growth standards farmers do not use pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bio-engineering; or ionizing radiation.
– Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.

What’s so bad about pesticides?
The health effects of pesticides depend on the type of pesticide. Some affect the nervous system, Others may irritate the skin or eyes, and Some pesticides may be carcinogens. Others may affect the hormone or endocrine system in the body.
See the EPA’s human health risk assessments for many pesticides.

So what do these farmers use?
• Use of cover crops, green manures, animal manures and crop rotations to fertilize the soil,
• to manage weeds, insects and diseases.
• Using rotational grazing and mixed forage pastures for livestock operations and alternative health care for animal wellbeing.
• A focus on renewable resources, soil and water conservation, and management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological balance. After all this world will need to be sustained for years and years to come.

Are Organic Foods healthier than conventionally grown foods?
According to an article published by Stanford University published in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

“There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, the senior author of a paper comparing the nutrition of organic and non-organic foods.

On the Down side, Organic foods are more expensive than conventional foods due to more costly farming methods.

So I guess we have some decisions to make, but one thing’s for certain, I’m sure some of you will be looking at your food label a litter harder now.

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