Is Eating Organic Worth It?
The organic movement has been growing rapidly in the past few years. More and more consumers are aware of the health impacts of pesticides and are paying more attention to what they purchase. Organic’s popularity has exploded so quickly that product sales are now over $47 billion annually, up from previous record-breaking sales. This is absolutely incredible because it shows that consumer mindset is shifting and demand is increasing for better quality foods. Farm fresh basics such as eggs, dairy, veggies and fruits account for more than $20 billion in organic sales alone.
So is it worth it to buy organic?
Absolutely. Organic foods have been found to contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients than conventionally grown and farmed foods. While some cringe at the price point, you really are getting more nutrients and quality for your dollar. More importantly, by choosing organic foods you’re avoiding tons of chemical pesticides linked to health problems and environmental destruction and pollution. Many of the prominent chemicals used to grow conventional foods are known to disrupt hormonal balance and actually make it harder for a person to lose weight.
While pesticide use is dangerous for our health and the environment, there are even more concerns with conventional and mass-farming practices. Residues of artificial hormones that are used promote growth in beef cattle, dairy cows and sheep may also increase the risk of health issues in humans. Further, the use of these growth hormones can create higher rates of infection in animals. To combat these infections, antibiotics are used in enormous quantities to treat the animals, which is unethical, disturbing but most of all, dangerous. Using large quantities of antibiotics to combat infections only creates antibiotic resistant bacteria which we call ‘super bugs’.
Beyond this disturbing practice, the most-used chemical in agricultural history is causing major biodiversity problems - aka it is destroying our environment and eco-system. This chemical, glyphosate, has been used as the main active ingredient in a popular weed and grass killer called Roundup. This chemical alone is blamed for the 81 percent loss of monarch butterfly population in the Midwest. This is so sad, but also shows just how dangerous the overuse of chemicals can be.
Where is glyphosate coming from?
Meet Monsanto. Monsanto is an agriculture biotech giant company specializing in ‘agrochemicals’, genetically modified seeds and pesticides. They control as much as 80% of corn production and over 70% of soybean production in the US alone. Glyphosate, as mentioned, is the active ingredient in Roundup. In May 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans ” based on animal studies that showed that glyphosate caused tumor growth or a higher incidence of cancer. They also looked into conflicting evidence of harm to humans: one large-scale study found that glyphosate increases risk of cancer, while another found it perfectly safe.
While Monsanto stands behind the claim that it is indeed ‘safe’, it also came out that Monsanto had employees write studies on glyphosate’s safety, then paid researchers to sign their names as if the researchers had done the studies themselves. If you have a safe product, you don’t need to write your own research and pay scientists to put their names on it…. right?
So does organic really matter?
Yes. It’s time that we think about what we’re consuming and stop supporting mass farming and the overuse of chemicals in our ecosystem. Whenever possible, buy organic, whole, clean, local foods. Processed foods should also come from trustworthy sources: find out if they’re coming from a brand who stands behind the sourcing, quality and ingredients in their product. If they’re using non-GMO, organic, minimally processed ingredients, they’re doing a good job. Most importantly, buying local seasonal foods better serves your health - you’re getting nutrients from the environment in which you live, allowing you to connect to the nature around you and physically adapt to your surroundings while supporting your local farmers and economy. Win win!
So how to afford organic groceries?
Thrive Market is my favorite place to shop for healthy food. Thrive is basically Costco + Whole Foods, except they deliver right to your door!
All items found on Thrive Market are typically 25-50% lower than if you were to purchase the exact same item at a retail grocery store.
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I get weekly orders from Thrive Market and can't imagine how I survived college without them. I know everyone could benefit from organic quality at low prices for healthy food and everyday items. Organic food is worth it for your health and the planet - and with these prices, it makes it so easy. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!