Four Reasons You Should Buy Organic
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Four Reasons You Should Buy Organic

by guest writer Mollie Wilson

July 19, 2019

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A few years ago, probably around summer 2013, you were probably meandering around the grocery store, picking up your weekly groceries, trying to find the best deals, when you came across the vegetable aisle and, at the end of this aisle, a sign that read "100% Organic Produce". If you're anything like the rest of 99 percent of the world, you probably thought, "100% Organic? It's a vegetable? Of course, it's organic, what, why should I be buying organic?". From here you probably passed the sign, perplexed, and then got distracted by the Pop-Tarts being on sale. So, what is organic?

The USDA defines organic as, "USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible."

In laymen's terms this basically means chemicals, pesticides, and growth supplements weren't used on the food, soil, water, or fertilizers. Keeping the chemicals out of your body doesn't exactly sound that crazy or wild of a thing to do now does it?

But 2013 was wild, Justin Bieber was popular, we didn't really get organic or the importance of it, and Instagram fitness models were barely a thing; clearly, we didn't really know what we were doing. Back then, lack of education about what happened to and how your food was grown wasn't really a choice; rarely was the information offered or made available to the general public. However, with the wave of a more health conscious society, people have become more and more concerned with just where their food is coming from. It's not enough anymore to just have 'No Saturated Fats' slapped on to the box. The public has been educating themselves on sugars, calories, and yes, where their food comes from too. If you're new to this line of thought, don't worry, the trend is still fairly new, however, it is one that is becoming increasingly more important as we find out more and more just what farmers are doing to our food in order to keep up with the increasing populations increasing demand. If you've been debating on going organic with your food choices, here are four reasons to seriously consider diving right in:

1. Organic Foods Don't Contain Synthetic or Raised Levels of Antibiotics or Hormones.

While the research on the affects of hormones and antibiotics is still young, overall, it's not looking great. Many non-organic foods, especially foods that contain dairy, contain extremely high levels of hormones that your body either doesn't need, or certainly doesn't need in that amount. Synthetic or high levels of hormones can throw off your body's natural hormones; testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. In women, it can affect their menstrual cycles as well as how young they begin their menstrual cycles. In both men and women alike, it can affect their acne, sweat and oil glands, as well as how they retain weight.

2. Your Produce Will Be Fresher and Taste Better.

The reason a lot of mass-producing farms use pesticides and chemicals on their foods is that it allows it to keep for longer periods of time. This allows them to ship their fruit, vegetables, and grains virtually anywhere in the world because it has a longer shelf life. This might initially sound like a good thing however, just because an apple hasn't started to brown or bruise yet doesn't mean it's at peak freshness or losing its nutrients. By going organic you're ensuring that you're getting your produce at peak freshness, the farmers that sell organically have a smaller time frame to get the fruits and vegetables into the stores for you to buy and therefore, have to pick at peak ripeness for the food to be just right once it gets into your kitchen. If you're really looking for the freshest produce, try going to your local farmers market. Not only will you be ensuring that you get your produce when it's a peak ripeness and holds the most nutrients, you'll also be supporting the local farmers within your community. This can also save you a buck or two when going organic (as it can be a bit more expensive), buying from your local farmer cuts out the delivery upcharge and the middleman (the grocery store) and can usually reduce your prices into a similar range as buying non-organic within the store.

3. It's Not As Hard As You Think.

A lot of people see the health and scientific benefits of going organic avoid going any further due to the perceived lack of convenience. It's the 21st century, where you can have nearly anything you could ever want at your door with 'Next Day' shipping, people expect a certain level of convenience and when they hear organic, they hear 'difficult' and 'restriction'. This comes from a similar place as the confusion around organic circa 2013. It may have been difficult to buy organic 2013-2016 but here in 2019, you can get nearly any of your products organic. From oranges, beef, and toothbrushes to your hemp and CBD oil, you can now find organic alternatives. Farmers have been aware of the demand for organic and see both the benefits and profits from it. The demand has created a supply over the last few years.

4. It's More Environmentally Friendly.

By not using pesticides or chemicals on the food farmers grow and eat, they also don't contaminate the air, soil, and in turn, the water, that also comes into contact with said pesticide or chemical. In addition, farmers who only farm organically usually do it because of their values and usually these values also pertain to them having environmentally friendly practices elsewhere within their farm as well. Many will even extend this to packaging of their products as well, using less or recyclable material for their organic goods. If you're interested in learning more about the benefits to the environment from organic farming, we recommend checking out this article.

While there are many benefits, both for yourself and for the environment as a whole, to going organic, it does have to be right for you. The good thing about organic food is that you don't have to jump in head-first 100%. Try a few organic foods the next time you go to the grocery store and if you like that, maybe look up a farmer's market. Once you experience the benefits for yourself in small ways, you'll be more open to exploring more about buying organic.

Mollie Wilson
Author Bio: Mollie Wilson is a freelance writer from North Carolina. When she is not writing, she is persuing an adventurous life- backpacking, climbing, exploring local coffee shops, and traveling.