Top Six Reasons to Eat Only Organic Fruits and Vegetables
When you eat organic foods, you provide your body with vitamins, minerals, filtered water, and much more. These provide us with vital foundations for health. Most food sold in stores is
grown with pesticides or other toxins. These chemicals have been proven to adversely affect health. In some cases they cause death. They also pollute the Earth and have been associated
with mass animal deaths [1-4]. Your choices make a huge difference in the quality of your life. What you eat builds and maintains your body. Also, supporting organics supports a healthy
Earth. You help to improve the quality of water, soil, and air. Animals, plants, birds, worms, and other living beings also benefit when you choose organic foods.
1. You Are What You Eat
In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin originated the ever-famous «You are what you eat» in his book Meditations on Transcendent Gastronomy. We have heard this truism throughout
our lives. Have you considered the depths of its wisdom? Eat an apple, and you eat life: vitamins, minerals, water, and more. Eat pesticide residue, and you fill your body with poisons
[5, 6]. These toxins accumulate in your muscle and fat tissues. Some of them are nearly impossible to ever remove from your body. Mothers who breast-feed children illustrate an example
of these danger potentials, because poisons are passed to the baby. The Journal for Pesticide Reform reports that «pesticides such as chlordane, heptachlor, DDT, DDE and other
organohalogen compounds do not biodegrade in the environment. Instead they bioconcentrate and are stored in the fat of human beings, who feed at the top of the food chain». Also,
a 1999 Consumers Union report determined that «pesticide residues found in foods children eat every day often exceed safe levels» .
Organic foods are grown with no poisons. They are natural foods that have been grown with more conscious care for the health of the soil, the plants, and the people who will eat them.
Over 100 studies have found that the nutritional quality of organic foods far surpasses that of conventional produce [8-10]. Why take a chance and risk exposing yourself, your children,
or your friends to chemicals that could destroy their health? Why make this even a negotiable point for yourself? Choose organic, choose natural, and you choose health.
2. Food is your best medicine
In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates taught that «let food be your medicine and medicine be your food». He was highly respected during his lifetime, and he has been famous
ever since. His words have stood the test of time and remain deep wisdoms that we can live by. All medical doctors to this day recite the Hippocratic Oath. In this vow, doctors promise
to try never to harm their patient and also to work for their patient’s highest good.
We can all make similar choices. We can all seek to bring about our highest good. We can all seek not to harm ourselves. We can live by that oath and also by Hippocrates’ other famous
teaching: Food is your Best Medicine. If this is true, then it makes sense that we should choose foods that are known to bring us health, energy, and peace of mind. Scientists have
proven in many studies that organic food choices have far superior nutritional quality than conventional food choices [8-10]. Also, they have proven that foods grown with pesticides are
definitely linked with diseases and deaths for humans and animals [11-13].
With all that in mind, the choice seems clear: Choose Organic.
3. Pay now or pay later
Cost is the number one reason that people choose for not buying or eating organic foods. When you eat food that may contain poisons, however, the cost is far higher than simply the
price tag. This cost also includes the impact that this food choice has upon your body and the world. Studies have proven that pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and other poisons
accumulate in the body and lead to illness, disease, and death [11-13].
Next time you feel hesitant to pay a couple of extra dollars for an organic item, simply remember: Pay now for delicious, healing food or pay later for medical bills, illness, and
suffering. When you pay for organic food, you pay for energy, health, and the wellbeing of the Earth.
4. We prefer life over death
Humans innately desire life. We desire health, energy, well-being, happiness, and wellness. Thus, we should choose that which will bring us greatest energy, happiness, and health.
Conversely, we should not choose that which will bring us fatigue, depression or anxiety, ailments, illnesses, diseases, or death.
Pesticide is designed to kill, and it does not know when to stop killing. This is all that it does. Organic, naturally-prepared foods, on the other hand, provide beneficial nutritional
and healing qualities for us.
With all this in mind, again, the choice seems clear: Choose Organic.
5. Earth needs your help
We live amidst the newest mass extinction on our planet. Typically in a mass extinction, more than 50% of species on Earth die off, and over 70% diminish greatly . A recent study
published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE) states that «most species [on Earth] are declining as a result of human activities and…the result will be a more homogenized
biosphere with lower diversity at regional and global scales» . The study also reports that «humans have not yet fully impacted some remaining ecosystems (and their
endemic species) so that the total number of declining species will probably grow». We are hurting animals and plants worldwide. We are also harming the quality of our air, our
water, and our soil. The result of this is that we hurt ourselves, also. Every level of life is being affected by our lifestyle and our choices.
Every choice we make has an impact on environment. When we buy food (or anything), we support every level of production that has gone into this product. We support the farmer or rancher
or logger who grew our primary resources. We support whatever pesticides or natural methods that they choose. We support also the manufacturing processes that produce our goods. This
means that we also support any use of chemicals or packaging that manufacturers choose to use. At the next level, we also support the distribution of these foods or goods to our stores.
We support the stores at which we purchase items. Finally, we support the gasoline, bicycle, and shoe companies that provide our means of reaching the store to buy food.
Every time we make a choice we have a large impact. We affect ourselves, multiple other people, resources, surrounding lands and animals, the carbon footprint (air, water, soil) of
distribution and production, and the gasoline/automobile/bicycle companies that give us movement.
Your choices make a difference. The Earth needs your help. Therefore, choose organic.
6. Healthy plants mean healthier soil, water, birds, worms, animals, plants, air, and you
Since the 5th century BC, people have been telling us a healthy way to live. The way is natural. The way is organic. The natural path honors nature and works in harmony with Earth. As a
result, we achieve harmonious health. We feel energy, peace of mind, wellness, and health. Also, the plants and animals benefit. The air, water, and soil benefit. Organic food is a
choice that makes a lot of sense. Again, you pay now or pay later. Make organic food a non-negotiable choice. Choose life.