It’s no secret that organic food is important to live a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes the choice between buying organic and non-organic can be hard. Especially when you go grocery shopping at the end of the month and see the two bags of carrots lying next to each other. One bag costs $1, the other one costs $5. The difference? A small label saying “organic”.
In that situation, my mind always starts justifying buying the cheap, non-organic carrots. “how big can the difference really be?”, “you won’t feel any change after one bag of carrots right?”. But while I’m trying to decide, I always remember a research done a few years ago by a Swedish food chain and a research institute about organic food.
The research team took a family of five who were not eating organic and ran tests on them. The result: A large number of pesticides in their bodies. The next two weeks, the family changed eating habits so everything they ate and consumed was organic. After the first day of eating organic, the team of researchers could see that the level of pesticides had gone down, and after 2 weeks there were almost no pesticides to detect in their bodies.
However, there is one major factor we need to take into account with this experiment. It was done in Sweden, a country with much stricter agriculture laws then we have here in the states. And what does that mean? Well basically, when you buy something that says “organic” in Sweden, you know it’s really organic. Sadly, that's not the same case here. Even though we have a long list of pesticides forbidden, a lot of natural pesticides are still allowed, even though natural pesticides can be toxic too. As Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen explain it on their research. (fascinating reading by the way, you can read the full article here**)
So basically, it can be a struggle to eat organic in the states but fortunately there are options!A lot of cities have farmers markets where you can find organic (and local) food, just be aware that produce from farmers’ markets does not guarantee that it is organic. You can check this link*** to get a full guideline on how to find organic food at farmers’ markets. There is also the option of growing your own food which will make sure that it is 100% organic.
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