Not that long ago, farmers grew what we now call organic crops all of the time, which meant that everyone ate organic. There weren’t any pesticides and chemicals sprayed on crops like there are today — farmers just relied on good old farming skills and followed the laws of nature to produce the best, most abundant natural crops possible.
But today, most of our vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts and fruits are sprayed with dangerous, health-zapping chemicals that certainly do affect your health and overall well-being. Once people become aware of this and begin choosing to buy and eat organic food (or better yet, grow it), it can literally change their lives — their overall health, energy levels, attitudes, and more.
“But buying organic is too expensive,” people say. Or is it?
Gone are the days when organic food was a luxury that only few could afford. Because of the popularity and demand for organic food these days, buying it can be surprisingly low-cost. You can get it at major and smaller grocery chains, wholesale chains, and more.
For example, Walmart has an awesome selection of organic and natural foods. At Costco, you can buy a myriad of organic products in bulk at really affordable prices. Also, many areas offer farmers markets where you can pick up fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for super low prices on the weekends.
We’ve assembled a series of awesome videos, beginning with the one below that explains why eating organic, natural foods is one of the best things you can do — and how you can do so affordably.
First, let’s learn more about how an organic diet can help reduce pesticide exposure — especially in children who are most susceptible to it.
Check out this valuable information from BeyondPesticides.org:
“Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of pesticide exposure because they have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify toxic chemicals. Beyond Pesticides has produced a factsheet entitled Children and Lawn Chemicals Don’t Mix, that outlines the need to eliminate children’s exposure to toxic lawn chemicals. Pesticide exposure also occurs through food, and switching to an organic diet is an important step in reducing this exposure.
“Research has shown that switching children to an organic diet drastically reduces their exposure to organophosphates, a class of pesticides that includes the common and toxic malathion and chlorpyrifos. Two studies (2006 and 2003) compared the urine concentrations of organophosphorus pesticides and their metabolites in children eating conventional vs. organic diets. The results indicate that for certain types of pesticides, such as organophosphates, diet is the primary route of exposure and switching to an organic diet decreases exposure substantially. The most important organic food products to purchase for children are not only those that contain high residues in conventional form, but those that they consume in great quantity. For example, if children drink a lot of juice, purchasing organic juice is particularly important to reduce their pesticide exposure.
“While dietary contamination is a source for pesticide exposure and organic agriculture is critical to reducing this, it is paramount that we also consider all sources of pesticide exposure for children. We must also advocate for pesticide free schools, parks, buildings, and private lawns. For more information on these issues, please visit Beyond Pesticides program pages for schools, lawns and lawncare, and alternatives factsheets.”
Source: Beyond Pesticides