In 2015 the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published that there are 29 pesticides in the average American's body!
Although the purpose of pesticides is noble; being used to make sure our food is grown without being damaged by disease, bugs, weeds, molds or other pests, the pesticides available to the farming industry are not all made with safe ingredients from nature and, unfortunately, some are toxic to the human body and other living organisms (such as bees).
There are many natural ways to protect your produce, although on a grand scale it can be a little more difficult (but we know it can be done). Farming is not a passive job. It is truly hard work and we tip our hat to those who are knowledgeable in this sector.
So depending on what pesticides are used, these toxins, get absorbed into our bodies and into our bloodstream. Unfortunately for us a lot of these toxins are fat-soluble. Meaning they enter our bodies and are stored in our fat reserves.
Fat doesn't mean you are "chubby" or overweight". We all have fat in our bodies. Fat is found around our organs to protect them, for example. So any human and living organism is at risk.
Fat soluble toxins include heavy metals, man-made chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, pollutants, plastics and more. Essentially these toxins are poisons; and no one does well when poisoned.
It's very important for your health to read your labels and to research your food and food providers to make sure you are getting the cleanest, purest food possible.
Organic Food vs. Non-Organic
There has been a growing trend in buying organic in the USA. Rightly so. Although Organic Food is not 100% perfect it is regulated by the U.S Department of Agriculture.
The definition of Organic Food from the USDA is:
"Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic."
These products are labeled for all of us to see. When you see Certified 100% Organic it means that all the ingredients in a product have been grown or raised according to the USDA's organic standards.
These standards include a specific list of allowed Synthetic and allowed Non-Synthetic substances to grow and protect our food as well as prohibited, not allowed, Synthetic and Non-Synthetic substances.
Prohibited substances include obvious things like: Strychnine and Arsenic (very dangerous poisons) and Potassium chloride (used as a fertilizer and in food processing in non-organic food and...also one of the drugs used in lethal injections...yummy right?).
And regarding GMO foods this is what the USDA regulates:
"The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table."
So, if one is concerned about toxins and GMOs then organic is closer to the ideal scene of eating a healthy, wholesome meal without as many toxins or un-natural (modified) ingredients.
Some of us also buy organic food for environmental reasons. Organic farming practices should be designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality, thus preserving our future ability to grow more food and keep our planet clean and healthy.
Is Organic Food more nutritious?
As of now there has been no study to show that organic food has more nutritional value than non-organic. It should be safer in terms of the quantity of toxins it may contain but as far as vitamins, minerals and other needed nutrients found in our produce and meats, being organic has not yet been found to mean it is also more nutrient rich.
The best way to buy fresh produce is to find a farm near you and verify that they do grow organic produce or raise organic animals for slaughter. By buying closer to your home you are ensuring freshness and therefore higher nutritional value. Buying in season is also a surefire way to gain more nutrients from your food being that the produce is growing exactly when it should be and reaches its peak maturity naturally without any chemical or mechanical help.
When buying shelf products double check the labels and buy organic to avoid as many toxins as possible and feed yourself the best you can. Remember it is your right and responsibility to educate yourself and eat well!