Amidst so many labels and nutritional facts such as: low fat, no sugar, cholesterol free… It’s understandable to see so many people confused with yet another “category” and consider it a marketing hype. Most people see Organic and immediately think it’s just another label meaning “healthy”. And this very issue was what motivated me to start this blog.
WHAT ORGANIC MEANS
The term itself means of living matter. But nowadays, and commercially, the term USDA certified organic is used to describe food that has been raised and grown under federal guidelines relying as much as possible on natural methods. In simpler terms, organic produce is grown pesticide, herbicide, antibiotics and hormone free. AND most importantly, without genetically modified organisms, A.K.A the infamously GMO’s.
Despite their harmful effects on human body, the use of pesticides continues to increase. They’re found, not only in our food, but in our parks and school lawns, our water and alarmingly even in breast milk. A 2010 study, performed by a team of scientist from the University of Montreal and Harvard University linked organophosphate pesticides to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder). And this is just one of the many effects it can have in our health.
WHAT ARE GMO’s?
I wrote an entire post on GMO’s, click here. A GMO or Genetically Modified Organism can be a plant, animal, microorganism or organism that has been genetically modified using transgenic technology. This creates organisms that do not occur in nature or through natural crossbreeding. Just think about it, they have a genetic code not found or created in nature and it is not compatible with our bodies. They have been linked to food allergies, birth defects, digestive issues, obesity, cancer and many more illnesses. Many GMO products even have their own pesticide inside their genetic code. If that doesn’t astound you, then I don’t know what can.
SAFETY OF GMO’s
Well, what can I say. Currently, there are at least 35 countries that have banned GMO’s from their cultivation based on their own research outcomes. One of the last countries to do so was Russia, after being advised by top governments scientists to ban GMO’s for at least 10 years. Unfortunately, in the USA, GMO’s are approved based on research done by the same corporations that profit from their sales.
A new study done by the IRT, Institute of Responsible Technology, has linked GMO’s to gluten disorders and gut issues like:
- Intestinal permeability
- Imbalanced gut bacteria
- Immune activation and allergic response
- Impaired digestion
- Damage to the intestinal wall
It’s not a coincidence to see so many people now with gluten sensitivities. Our food is being changed constantly, only to serve and benefit corporations and companies. GMO’s aren’t the only ones affecting our gut flora. Pesticides, which are used to kill microorganisms on plants, does the same thing to our gut, it deteriorates our bacterial flora.
I was diagnosed with IBS, (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), a couple years ago. My digestion was a complete mess and after many tests, colonoscopies and trying several pills, the doctors didn’t know what was causing it. Basically, I had an irritable bowel and I just had to live with it.
As of now, even though my digestion is still not 100 % great, thanks to a much healthier diet, probiotic supplements and beverages I no longer have IBS.
Read more on GMO’s here.
BENEFITS OF EATING ORGANIC
First off, you’re eating food the way it was meant to be eaten. Or at least, close to what it should be.
- Pesticide and Herbicide free – The use of these are definitely not approved in organic farming. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
- Non-GMO – When you buy organic, the product has been tested and certified to be non-GMO, since organically grown produce cannot be genetically modified.
- More nutrients – Organically grown produce has been proven to be denser in nutrients and minerals because the soil is treated and managed with more sustainable practices.
- Antibiotic and hormone free – When buying animal products, the use of these methods are not permitted. Growth hormones in milk (rBGH or rBST) are genetically modified and have been directly linked to cancer, especially in women, and has been banned in Europe.
For all these reasons, and trust me, there are way more, millions of people are turning to buying organic and local (which is another great option). Many people consider it to be just another trend, and maybe… technically… it can be considered a trend, but it’s based on actual facts and good reasons. We’ve gotten to a point in our time, where every single thing we eat, wear, spray, drink, is bombarded with toxins and chemicals. No wonder so many chronic illnesses are on the rise. We are in the era of awareness and people are yearning for a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment.