Why you should eat organic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many reasons to choose certified organic foods. For Nicole Casciato the owner of Organics Live Caledon, an organic grocery delivery service in Caledon & Surrounding Area, it began with a desire to reduce the chemicals in her diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the very young age of 29 years old. “Eating organic became so much more important to me because when I was diagnosed I tested negative for a genetic mutation meaning my cancer stemmed from my environment.” Nicole took her passion of organic food and has now made it her career. Why should you choose organic?

Organic for your health

Many herbicides and insecticides commonly used in conventional agriculture have been found to be carcinogenic, affect hormones[1], or negatively impact children’s development[2]. Recently the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide made by the chemical company Monsanto, was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans”.[3]

Organic for your child’s health

Foods commonly consumed by children are likely to carry one if not dozens of pesticides.[4]According to the Environmental Protection Agency, long-term exposure to synthetic pesticides may cause serious health effects such as birth defects, learning disabilities, behavioral changes, organ damage, asthma symptoms, or forms of cancer, including leukemia, breast cancer, and brain tumors.[5]

Choosing organic has been shown to significantly reduce exposure to chemical residues. When children have switched from a conventional diet to an organic diet, the amount of pesticides in their bodies is reduced dramatically.[6] Certified Organic also means food is not genetically modified as the organic standards forbid the use of GMOs in seeds, in animal feed, and in the ingredients of processed organic food and products. In addition organic production does not permit the use of sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, or growth hormones.[7]

Organic is ecologically beneficial

Organic is not just about personal health. Organic methods also reduce pollution and wasted energy. More energy is used to produce synthetic fossil-fuel-based fertilizers than to cultivate and harvest crops or to transport food. Canadian studies have shown organic farming practices can use as little as half the energy of other farming methods, and help to sequester carbon back into the soil.[8] Organic farms take water seriously and organic farmers are required to manage the land and life around water systems very carefully, and are inspected annually. By not using synthetic fertilizers and persistent toxic chemicals, organic farming is also easy on our precious water reserves, while building good soils that fight erosion. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. Organic farming is focused on using sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, leaving fertile land to provide for future generations.

Did we mention that organic food tastes great and is full of nutrients?!

It’s common sense: healthy soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals. Oh, and organic food is rich with nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants. Switching to organic crop consumption is equivalent to getting the antioxidants from 1 or 2 additional portions of fruit and vegetables per day.[9]

Organic protects Bees

Synthetic pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids used in conventional agriculture, have been linked to CCD-Colony Collapse Disorder which is killing massive amounts of bees worldwide.[10]This is a huge concern because bees pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat. Organic agriculture does not allow the use of neonicotinoids and builds healthy ecosystems and increases biodiversity both on and around the farm, promoting sustainability and ecological balance.

So, if there are no synthetic pesticides, how do organic farmers deal with pests?

Pests are controlled through crop rotation, physical removal, and biological controls. On many farms weeds are controlled by hand hoeing and mechanical cultivation. Some farms will use approved products from the Organic Permitted Substances List that are fully reviewed, natural, and non-persistent, meaning they do as little damage to the environment as possible and break down rapidly. When they are used, it is often as a last resort. Organic farmers enhance soil fertility and soil structure which are maintained through the introduction of organic matter, such as compost, and cover crops. Micro-organisms from this matter also break down minerals in the soil so that plants can absorb them and grow to be strong and healthy.

But can I trust organic?

Organic products meet strict national standards — The “Canada Organic” logo is the public’s assurance products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures and rules. Organic is the most heavily regulated and scrutinized food system in Canada. Always look for the “Canada Organic” or “USDA Organic” logos – Organic products must always certified, so look for the certifier name and seal.

Organics Live will deliver to my home?

Organics Live Caledon delivers certified organic, sustainably produced, and locally focused food and grocery items to homes and businesses in Caledon & surrounding area, often for up to 20% less than the cost of shopping retail. Our weekly food boxes are always 100% certified organic. Next to growing food in the backyard or knowing your local farmer, organic certification is the best way to know with certainty where your food is coming from. Rest assured when we make decisions about what goes into your deliveries, it is certified organic only.

Everything we deliver is sustainably produced with a heavy focus on supporting local growers and producers. We run a carbon neutral operation, offsetting all parts of the business, from field to plate through carbonfund.org. Our boxes are “best-of-season”, meaning we source the freshest, highest quality organic fruits and vegetables available at any given time and deliver them to you weekly. We offer year round delivery, free customization, 100% satisfaction guarantee and absolutely NO COMMITMENT for as little as $37 weekly or biweekly. Check out what we offer at www.organicslive.com.

Healthletica is a very special partner to Organics Live Caledon and as a result we are offering healthletica customers 10% off your first box by using the promo code: healthletica1044.

 

Endnotes

[1] Endocrine disrupting chemicals are compounds that alter normal functioning of the endocrine system which is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body’s growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function. About 105 substances are listed as endocrine disruptors. Of these, 46% are insecticides, 21% herbicides and 31% fungicides.

Mnif, Wissem et al. “Effect of Endocrine Disruptor Pesticides: A Review.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8.6 (2011): 2265–2303. PMC. Web. 16 July 2015.

Colborn, T, et al. “Developmental Effects of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Wildlife and Humans.” Environmental Health Perspectives 101.5 (1993): 378–384. Print.

[2] 2,4-D, a very commonly used organophosphate herbicide has demonstrated toxic effects on the thyroid and gonads following exposure and the National Pesticide Information Centre admits concern of endocrine-disrupting effects.

http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/2,4-DTech.html

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/21/roundup-cancer-who-glyphosate-

[4] An analysis conducted by the Environmental Working Group found 108 different pesticides in just 22 fruits and vegetables; 42 different pesticides were detected on tomatoes, 38 were detected on strawberries, and 34 were detected on apples.

Wiles, R. and C. Campbell, Pesticides in Children’s Food, Environmental Working Group, 1993, p. 14.

[5] Environmental Protection Agency “Pesticides and Their Impact on Children: Key Facts and Talking Points”

http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/Publications/pest-impact-hsstaff.pdf

[6] Lu, Chensheng et al. “Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides.” Environmental Health Perspectives 114.2 (2006): 260–263. PMC. Web. 16 July 2015.

[7] Candian General Standards Board – 32.310-2006: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/internet/bio-org/principes-principles-eng.html

[8] Lynch, Derek H. et al “The Carbon and Global Warming Potential Impacts of Organic Farming: Does It Have a Significant Role in an Energy Constrained World?” Sustainability 3(2), 322-362; January 2011

[9] Baranski, M. et al. Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in organically-grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses.” British Journal of Nutrition, July 15th 2014.

[10] Lu, Chensheng et al., “In Situ Replication of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder,” Bulletin of Insectology, June 2012.

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