Someone recently asked me the reasons to go organic considering the price difference, so I thought I would post a (slightly modified) copy of a simple educational handout I give to my clients. Yes, organic can be more expensive, but you are getting way more bang for your buck, so to speak, in terms of nutrient density. Also, local farmers markets and buying seasonal produce makes organic far more affordable. However, see the bottom of this slide for the EWG's (environmental working group) list of the top 12 foods that are most contaminated with herbicides, pesticides, and other toxins. If you are only able to buy certain organic foods, opt for these first and foremost.
Why Buy Organic?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) states that even the smallest amounts of certain pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals, and be toxic and cause lasting damange to our health.
Top Reasons to Go Organic:
Reduce Toxic Load
Supporting organic agriculture reduces the toxic load on the environment and our bodies. Prevent illness while also keeping harmful chemicals out of our air, water and soil.
Higher Nutrient Density
Various studies have been done that prove organic foods have significantly higher amounts of critical vitamins and minerals. This means better nutrient status, which leads to greater satiety (feeling of fullness) and prevention of degenerative disease.
Avoid Dangers of “Frankenfoods”
GM (genetically modified), cloned, refined, packaged, processed foods pose serious health risks. Today, 30% of our cropland is set aside for GM foods, and not only are all of these non-foods nutrient depleted, but most are so new that we are still learning the harmful effects they have on our short and long-term health
Buying organic can be more expensive. If you are on a budget, here is the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list, which includes the top 12 chemical-containing foods:
Peaches Bell Peppers
Strawberries Grapes (imported)