Why Organic? Featured in Blackbelt Gazette

    Imported or local, GMO or Non-GMO, natural or organic? We have so many food options these days. For my grape juice fast, I bought beautiful, red plump grapes but the juice tasted rotten and spoiled. This was not apparent in each individual grape but overwhelming in the juice alone. Yuck! So, I’ve reconsidered buying organic foods.


   So, why choose organic?

Big Reasons:

1. Organic farming supports a biologically diverse and healthy environment.

2. Organic agriculture increases the land’s productivity, uses less nonrenewable fossil fuels, and protects water resources.

3. Organic production limits toxic and long-lasting chemicals in our environment.

4. Buying locally supports small/independent family farms who provide seasonal, fresher foods at their highest flavor and nutrients.

5. Organic products meet strict USDA standards so you’re getting the best quality food and it tastes great!

    My sister said to me once, “Why is it that everything that’s good for you is soo expensive. We shouldn’t have to pay more to have good health.” She’s right, organic products are more expensive. One reason is that without the use of pesticides and herbicides, the higher prices compensates for lower yields. So, “Is organic really worth it?” Legally organic foods must be free from free from insecticides, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, fertilizers, artificial additives, flavorings, colorings and preservatives. That means the food is in its purest and safest form.

    I’m a frugal shopper and I learned three things that prevent me from going over my budget:

(1) Buy and shop locally. Sometimes there are signs that display where an item is from, or just ask the manager. Keep in mind that the further the distance an item travels the more the shipping cost.

(2) Choose seasonal produce, a classic example of supply and demand. Out of season means higher prices. Also, if an item is shipped from afar it will be picked too early, and won’t be as flavorful.

(3) Buying in bulk saves money and food can be dehydrated for later use.

    When deciding which to buy, consider the level of pesticides used for each food. Some foods are highly sprayed with pesticides and some that are not legally certified organic have little to no pesticides. Foods that have the highest levels of pesticides are: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, spinach and strawberries. Foods with the lowest levels of pesticides are typically thick skinned: asparagus, avocado, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papaya, pineapples, sweet corn, and sweet peas.

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