Thursday, June 30, 2011

Eat Organic. REALLY.

I know that it can be a confusing, expensive and outright annoying experience to hunt for organic food.  Many people still do not believe that it is important to eat organic...lots of people tend to think "I haven't gotten sick yet, so it MUST be ok" or "our parents never worried about this so what's the big deal?".

You know what?

Our food is being modified, grown and experimented with in scientific labs everyday.  That conventional tomato you just ate?  It could have been gown made out of seeds that came from a laboratory.  Those kinds of foods are called GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) and they are found in virtually every non-organic food.  So not only do we need to worry about the herbicides and pesticides that wash our food, we have to worry about the actual food that is grown.

Organic foods, by law, cannot be made from GMO's so really, it's the safest way to eat.
The Daily Green has provided us with the new, updated list of 10 foods that you NEED to buy organic.  If you don't buy anything else, buy these organic or DON'T BUY THEM AT ALL.  The only way we can demand healthy, non-GMO food is by using our pocketbooks and showing these companies we won't stand for any more chemicals or tampering.

1.  Apples
2.  Celery
3.  Strawberries
4.  Peaches
5.  Spinach
6.  Nectarines
7.  Grapes
8.  Sweet Bell Peppers (red, green and orange)
9.  Potatoes
10.  Blueberries

If your grocery store doesn't carry organic versions of these fruits and veggies, talk to a manager encouraging him/her to carry it.  Or better yet, local farmers could use your business.  Click HERE to find a local organic farmer or farmer's market near you.  Organic food doesn't have to be a ton more expensive, I was at the farmer's market last week and I saw that my organic asparagus was cheaper than conventional.

Eat clean, be well.


kclark said...

Thanks for the list!

Anonymous said...

Good info, Amanda!! I must start paying more attention to these labels and buying organic produce. You rock!


mrskdawley said...

Thx for this website!! I have been considering a CSA for a while, this site is awesome and will be a huge help:-)

Candice said...

So very important to buy locally. Most local farmer's markets grow organic food, even if they are too small to make it economically worthwhile to become certified. Visit your farmer's markets and talk to the vendors. Most of them will be from your area, and are happy to invite you to visit their land and observe their practices. Not only are you buying healthier food for your family, you're supporting your local economy, and saving fossil fuel that would otherwise be spent transporting grapes from Chile or GMO corn from Iowa. Eat locally and seasonally. Sure, those huge green grapes from chile might look delicious, but when you think about the real cost of each bite it's worth it to wait until they're in season, and to know that you aren't eating pesticide along with your fruit.

Amanda said...

Glad you like this list...wish some of you would have pointed out my typos, haha!!!!