Top Six Reasons to Eat Only Organic Fruits and Vegetables

nature_pic_12When 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”  [7].

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 [14]. 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” [14].  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.

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