Nonorganic foods contain pesticides, growth hormones, and manmade chemicals that, in my opinion, are the cause for many of the childhood epidemics in the world today. The first epidemic I would like to touch on is “Food Allergies”. There are so many more cases of childhood and adult food allergies now that we are using chemicals to produce the foods everyone needs to survive. The epidemics of chemical enhancement of or vital staples are causing more harm, but they cost less and are mass produced so who cares if they are doing harm… Right? WRONG! Just ask the parents of the millions of children who are affected by the chemicals and live with their harmful affects daily.
Yes, organic foods cost more and do not last as long as nonorganic foods. Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why we would allow a few dollars to get in the way of our health? If you were asked to pay a little more for a better physician that could diagnose and treat your child, instead of going to a quack that could possible injure your child, which would you choose? The cost to plant, harvest, and store our own organic food is cheaper than our grociery bill so why don’t we go back to the basics? A small summer garden does not take a lot of time, space or money and the fact that you’d know your food was organic, is priceless.
According to an article written by Donya Currie in 2008, advocacy groups are calling for a ban on food dyes because they can cause behavioral problems. Additives and food dyes are among many of the problem causing nonorganic food sources we feed our children today that have been linked to hyperactivity and ADHD. Yet, we continue to buy these nonorganic foods and feed them to our families. Whole food organics stores are not just a trend, they are a way of life for those of us that have children with food allergies, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and many other nonorganic food induced epidemics.
Organic foods are not just for people on health food kicks. Organic foods are for everyone. Imagine not spending as much on healthcare due to the fact you do not have as many medical issues, in turn your insurance rates go down, and not only are you healthier you just put money back in your pocket. To me it is a win, win situation.
I myself love the taste of a fresh vine ripened tomato. When buying nonorganic, mass produced, foods that contain preservatives we are not only losing nutrition, we are losing taste. In my opinion, fresh organic foods just taste better. The next time you visit the local market give organic a try. You just might want to plant your own summer garden this year too. Choose to change to organic foods, if not for yourself, do it for your children. Our children do not have the right to choose what we put in their bodies, so make the healthy choice for them.
Article cited: The Nation’s Health Article date: August 01, 2008 Author: Currie, Donya