Why Should We Go Organic?
According to Anup Shah, Is GE Food Safe?, Global Issues, Updated: January 20, 2002 there is still so much that we do not know about genetically engineered foods. I think this alone is reason enough to go with organic foods. However, some feel that genetically engineered foods will be the cure to world hunger. I’m not sure this is true.
The article above also mentions that GE food crops have been smaller than regular crops. Some feel that this is just a way for the food companies to make more money rather than help anyone out of hunger. Because we do not know the long-term effects of GE food, would it be better to go organic instead? I would have to say yes!
Organic foods are produced with natural fertilizers and do not use pesticides. Pesticides leave a residue on produce that can be harmful to humans, however, according to some, these levels are low enough not to. I will let you decide whether this is fact or fiction. I personally prefer organic because of this.
Yes, organic foods can be more expensive than non-organic but for me, the cost is worth it. For some, this may not be the case. Either way, I think this is a personal decision that everyone needs to make. If you can grow your own, then you’re even better off because you know what you are putting into it.
This is one of the reasons I have started my own garden this year. I figure this will help to cut down on costs for buying produce. I just hope that I can actually get them to grow. Another way to get organic produce at a lower cost is to look for farmer’s markets in your area. Not only is this a good way to buy organic, but it also provides money to your local economy.
There is a list here that names the 12 (or more) produce items that contain the most pesticides. There is also a list on the same site that names the clean 15. These are those items that do not have to purchased organic as they contain little to no pesticide residue on them. This list is updated every year to show which produce items to buy organic and which are ok to buy non-organic. I hope this helps in your journey to feed yourself (and your family) better.
Have a great day!