The increased use of pesticides and the increasing global disease rate is a correlation that cannot be ignored any longer. In an age where the adverse effects of pesticides have been widely and increasingly documented, we need to ask whether there is another practice that could make these harmful substances unnecessary.
While health professionals and farmers continue to discuss what changes can be made, families can work to reduce their pesticide exposure by making smart food choices. In particular, by choosing organic produce.
Buying organically grown food – free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance – is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come. Eating organically is:
- Currently the only way to avoid chemical poisons present in commercially grown food: Conventional farming practices often use toxic chemicals, which can enter our food through means of fertilisers, sewage sludge, pesticides and herbicides.
- The best way to enjoy quality nutrients: Studies show that organic produce contains on average 25 percent more antioxidants than conventional produce.
- Better for taste: Because nourished, well-balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants, organic food generally tastes better.
- A good way to avoid genetically engineered food (GMO): Because certified organic food cannot be genetically modified in any way, choosing organic is the only way to be sure that genetically engineered foods stay out of your family’s diet.
- A good way to avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products: The past use of organochlorine pesticides in Australia, for example, has left several animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products susceptible to carrying pesticide residue.
- A great way to preserve our ecosystems: Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature.
- A great way to reduce pollution: Agricultural chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers are contaminating the environment. In Australia pesticides are one of the prominent contributors to water pollution.
How organic food is beneficial for the family
Antioxidants play an important role in overall health, and are natural compounds found to help neutralise free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are what attack fats, protein, and DNA, which can accelerate the ageing process and lead to some diseases. While there is no recommended daily allowance for antioxidants, it’s safe to agree that the more antioxidants consumed, the better.
In terms of antioxidant intake, eating organically is like eating an extra two servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Considering most families consume less than the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, eating organically could be a significant way to improve your family’s eating plan.
In terms of reducing harmful chemicals in the body, eating organically is a proven way to do just this. Take a look at this short video, which highlights just how quickly chemicals can leave the body when eating organically.
Whether you choose to grow your own, visit your nearest farmer’s market, or shop the organic section of your local supermarket, eating organically is a great way to ensure your family is eating nutritious and healthy food. Combine an organic diet with healthy eating practices like sitting at the dinner table together, and you set the scene for a healthy future for your kids. Children who understand where their food comes from, who grows it, and why it’s important to share it with friends and family build healthy relationships with food that will last a lifetime.