How do we know when the food marked as organic is organic? This question has been popping into my head every time that I shop for fresh vegetables and see the organic section.
The skeptic view has always been in my thinking when the grocery stores started promoting the organic options. Sometimes you can see a difference in the appearance of vegetables, but most of the time I cannot see any difference between the regular and the organic except for the higher price.
Depending on the source of the information that you are looking at you can get conflicting stories as to the reason’s to chose organic over the natural fruits and vegetables.
There is not any conclusive evidence that I am aware of to prove that the organic is healthier in terms of containing any high levels of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Being relatively new to studying the holistic or all-natural methodology this is something that I am open to learning more about different philosophies. Prudence helps to determine when someone is speaking about the subject with facts and when they are expressing their opinions about it.
Organic Food Fun Facts
The U.S. defines organic as crops grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bio-engineering, petroleum-based or sewage-based fertilizers.
That means that the food produced in this manner contains less of the pesticides that are proven to be harmful to people especially to pregnant women and developing babies.
The cost involved with choosing the organic verse the vegetables using modern farming technology is evaluated differently with the risk involved in the health of your children when they are growing in the womb.
Organic food is typically fresher because there are no preservatives to keep them from spoiling. This fact also means that the nutrients are going to be higher in organic vegetables as well.
Generally, the organically grown fruits and vegetables taste better; they are typically smaller than the genetically altered versions, but that is not true for some farmers who know how to produce more abundant fruits and vegetables.
My great-grandfather was one of those types of farmers, and when I was a teenager, he was still alive in his eighties, with what I thought was a huge garden that he referred to as a house garden, meaning that they grew what they needed for the family.
That garden covered one acre in size, and the products that came from it was excellent, sure wish that the knowledge he knew would have gotten passed down to my generation.
Most of the people that I talk to do not have a clue how to grow a garden at home, and I do not know how to build a garden nor do I have the time to tend to one either.
The same is true for the livestock and feeding them the GMO feeds to cause them to grow faster and more substantial than nature intends them to be. That has to affect the meat that we eat from these animals fed in this manner.
The government agencies like the FDA tell us that it is safe to eat and that may be true, but it has to affect the obesity issues that the population is facing today.
Organic Food Online
Today we are getting more and more options to purchase things online and have them delivered to our doors at very reasonable rates.
The upside to using the meal delivery systems is that there is no waste and the portions are going to prevent you from overeating. This portion control is something worth considering if you are having an issue with controlling your meal sizes.
Pre-Planning meals is a great way to save money and enjoy your food better by knowing what is coming up on the menu. For people who like to have options then you can plan a few options instead of just one meal plan.
This method can be used to plan your trip to the grocery store; after finding good organic sources within the local stores that available to you. Better to go with a list and know what you are looking for or you will be tempted to get items that are not organic or even healthy options.
Regular and Organic Foods
After deciding for yourself what is appropriate of you and your families needs are; then you can evaluate the differences between the organic and the regularly grown fruits and veggies.
Remember that some fruits and vegetables are more affected by the application of pesticides and chemicals than others. Best to have a list of these types of fruits and vegetables to refer to when making the choices.
Basically, the thinner the skin, the more risk there is for pesticides to enter the fruit or vegetable. Most of the pesticides will stick to the outside of the fruit or vegetable, and washing the skin reduces the exposure, and in some cases, it is best to remove the surface to get the rest of the chemicals off the food before eating.
There are reports of pesticides used on the organic farms that come from natural sources rather than synthetic or chemical-based pesticides. These reports are from highly respected people with Ph.D. education levels. Which sources do we pay attention too? That is the million dollar question.
Regulations and the Effects on Organic Food
Regulations are put in place to protect the public from the bad practices that companies have done in the past and can try to do again.
Companies may try to do this thing out of ignorance or out of cutting corners to save money. That is something that we as consumers must decide for ourselves and what happens is when we hear something good or bad it is easy to react to the news.
Knowledge is something that is affected by having too many things presented as fact without the fact-finding that used to take place before the news was released.
Most of us do not know what the regulations are much less who enforces the laws. That is something to be thinking about while shopping for our food in the grocery stores and online.
How do we approach the subject of organic food? The best way is to use some common sense and think about the overall big pictures and not to get lost in the details of the everyday task that we do without much consideration.
Ask yourself the question: Am I taking the time to think through some of the mundane tasks like planning meals and getting the proper nutrition and using the right ingredients?
Hopefully, you are thinking about how you can approach grocery shopping and meal planning that will be a healthier option and considers using an alternate food source when it is appropriate.
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