If your are still not convinced about shopping and supporting organic practices consider these points.
Did you know that the vegetables and fruits that you purchase from your grocery store or big box store that are not grown organically are nutritionally stripped of their health giving properties and may also be hazardous to your health?
1. Today’s produce is significantly lower in essential nutrients than foods produced 50 years ago because modern farming practices have depleted our soils of minerals. Many organic agricultural scientists agree, depleted soils yield nutrient-poor produce. You now need approximately 10 servings of vegetables and fruits to obtain the nutritional equivalent of 1 serving from 50 years ago.
2. The long shipping and storage time between harvest and market degrades the nutrient content further. As a result, most vegetables and fruits sold in commercial establishments are even more nutritionally depleted.
3. The use of pesticides and other chemical additives in non-organic farming yield not only nutritionally deficient—but potentially poisonous produce—that may put you at even higher risk of long-term health problems.
4. An estimated 80% of food crops including corn to tomatoes and alfalfa to sugar beets are now genetically engineered and snuck into much of the processed food we eat. These genetically modified (GMO) crops have had their genetic material altered using complex engineering techniques. Genetically engineered produce has been shown to cause serious health problems to those who consume them. And lack of food labeling regulation makes them even harder to identify in our food supply.
The first-ever long-term study of the health effects of GMO foods (conducted at the University of Caen in France) shows that a lifelong diet of genetically modified foods may be associated with tumors, organ damage and premature death in lab mice.
Be sure when shopping for dairy products that you choose certified RAW milk, butter, cream and cheese. Otherwise it is better, in my opinion and many other experts, to not consume it at all. If you eat eggs, meat, chicken or fish, the operative words are grass fed, pasture raised, free range and for fish wild caught is essential. It is also very important to support our local farmers who practice these good principles. 10o’s of years ago people COULD only eat locally grown foods and our neighbors today need out support to stay in business.
Those of you familiar with my Celestial Pets website and my books Natural Dog Care and The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, with Jean Hofve, DVM will also note that we highly recommend making your own raw pet food and using organic ingredients and free range meats and poultry. Recipes, books and my custom designed and vet formulated Celestial Pets Supplements can all be obtained there as well.
In order to change the printout of the body, you must learn to rewrite the software of the mind.
— Deepak Chopra