All food is not created equal. The nutritional content of organically grown produce is superior. It is higher in vitamins, minerals, and naturally occurring enzymes, which make the nutrients in organic food more easily digested and absorbed. Research indicates that, overall, the nutrients in organic produce are higher by 83 percent, and the concentration of minerals and trace elements is higher by 87 percent. A Tufts University study concluded that organic produce has an 88 percent higher nutrient content. Additionally, organic food contains higher levels of phytochemicals; these are mostly antioxidants that are helpful in countering oxidation caused by free radicals, which are associated with some cancers.
Pesticide residue in and on commercially grown food can alter that foodís cellular structure, which may pose a serious problem for those who eat it. Also, there have been several studies linking exposure to pesticides and chemicals to a number of degenerative diseases. Unless we choose organics we will be continually exposed to pesticides through our food, and any related health risks will be unavoidable.
Those of us who wish to support organics can also contribute locally. If space permits, we can grow our own produce in naturally enriched soil. Organic, homegrown, fresh picked vegetables and fruits retain their full array of nutrients and life force. The next best alternative is to buy organic produce at local farmersí markets, where most fruits and vegetables are picked that morning or the day before. Usually produce is less expensive at these markets, and supporting local farmers also helps the local economy. Another option is a natural food store. If you donít have one in your area, encourage the produce manager at your supermarket to stock organic fruits and vegetables. This is one small step toward raising the consciousness in your area about organics. As the saying goes: think globally, act locally. And, of course, always choose organics. Itís the right choice for you and the planet.
The following is an article written by Persephone Farms in Lebanon, Oregon. They produce some of the finest vegetables available in Oregon. I purchased food from them weekly at the Salem, Oregon Farmersí Market. I am very passionate about purchasing organic food and the article touched me at a soul level. I hope you will enjoy reading it and will support farmers in your area. Organic farmers are helping to heal the planet! Please do your part and support organic food.