Everyone knows we are living in a time of change, we can also see it particularly in supermarkets where we see many labels of organic, green, natural and eco-friendly products. I’m going to focus on produce, it was one of the first things to become organic and it has now become more of a trend lifestyle, which is a good thing as well, but do you know why it’s better for you?

Farms use pesticides, they are substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. They are many subclasses to pesticides such as insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and many..MANY more, while it has benefits it also has a potential toxicity to humans and other animals. Each country has it’s own pesticide regulations, for example, Europe has banned all highly toxic pesticides that are known carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction, endocrine- disruptors and bioaccumulative. Products that were treated with pesticides still cross international borders, that is why the UN has a division that tries to supervise inconsistencies between countries regulations and the claim they have decreased the number of countries that did’nt have any regulation on pesticides, so as you can see, there are many layers of issues with pesticides that we never think about when buying your groceries.

Why choose organic? It’s not only about pesticides and synthetic fertilizers (used to make a crop bigger in size and yield), studies have shown that organic produce has 40% and sometimes 52% more of some nutrients. Organic methods allow the plants to grow at a normal rate giving it time to develop nutrients, synthetic fertilized crops grow faster leaving not enough time for the plant to fully develop. So if you struggle with your kids to eat fruits or vegetables, wouldn’t you want to get the most out of each bite the take?

There is many more positive side effects of buying organic, for example  you are preventing chemicals used in farms leaching to the ground, polluting the water humans and animals drink.

I try to buy EVERYTHING organic but yes, it is more expensive and sometimes I have to make choices, that’s why the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has made hundreds of tests to determine which fruits and vegetables contain the most amount of pesticide traces and which are safe to buy non-organic. Here’s the list..

You can go to their website to see more reasons to choose organic and more statistics..

http://www.foodnews.org

I also found a very interesting article on why organic is more expensive, it’s well worth the read.

http://www.mint.com/blog/trends/organic-food-07082010/

Hope this information helps change your habits and if you already buy organic.. keep doing it!!! By the way, some organic produce actually tastes better!!!

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