There is a definite relationship between what we eat and how we live, and I believe there is a heighten awareness with the public today knowing that what you are putting into your body is effecting the outcome of your life.
With one out of three people being diagnosed with cancer, and heart disease being the number one killer in America, many are re-evaluating their diets and making changes to improve their quality of life.
This awareness is bringing us T.V shows like food revolution, wonderful movies like food Inc., vegetables on the White House lawn, and organic sections in our grocery stores.
Surely it is a start and a very exciting one at that, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to educating ourselves about good nutrition.
Americans are demanding better food quality but is the USDA in agreement with what the growing majority believes is food quality?
Below is information taken off of the USDA web site, you be the judge:
Conventional vs. organic farming
The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers conduct sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.
Here are other differences between conventional farming and organic farming:
|Conventional farmers||Organic farmers|
|Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.||Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.|
|Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease.||Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.|
|Use chemical herbicides to manage weeds.||Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.|
|Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.||Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.|
Organic food: Buy or bypass?
Many factors may influence your decision to buy — or not buy — organic food. Consider these factors:
- Nutrition. No conclusive evidence shows that organic food is more nutritious than is conventionally grown food. And the USDA — even though it certifies organic food — doesn’t claim that these products are safer or more nutritious.
- Quality and appearance. Organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods. The difference lies in how the food is produced, processed and handled. You may find that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster because they aren’t treated with waxes or preservatives. Also, expect less-than-perfect appearances in some organic produce — odd shapes, varying colors and perhaps smaller sizes. In most cases, however, organic foods look identical to their conventional counterparts.
- Pesticides. Conventional growers use pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases. When farmers spray pesticides, this can leave residue on produce. Some people buy organic food to limit their exposure to these residues. Most experts agree, however, that the amount of pesticides found on fruits and vegetables poses a very small health risk.
- Cost. Most organic food costs more than conventional food products. Higher prices are due to more expensive farming practices, tighter government regulations and lower crop yields. Because organic farmers don’t use herbicides or pesticides, many management tools that control weeds and pests are labor intensive. For example, organic growers may hand weed vegetables to control weeds, and you may end up paying more for these vegetables.
The USDA says there is no conclusive evidence that organic food is more nutritious than is conventionally grown food. And the USDA, even though it certifies organic food, doesn’t claim that these products are safer or more nutritious”
WHEN DID IT BECOME OKAY TO EAT CHEMICALS, INSECTCIDES, CHEMICALS HERBICIDES, ANTIBIOTICS, GROWTH HORMONES, AND MEDICATION?
If there is no difference in the quality of naturally grown foods and foods that are laced with all the things conventional farmers are using, than why is our society so sick with disease? And why are Americans spending over $287 billion dollars on prescription drugs each year?
According to the USDA” toxin avoidance can prevent up to 90 percent of cancers”. In my opinion, chemicals, insecticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and medications are toxic to the body and have a profound effect to one’s health.