Frequently Asked Questions - Organic Foods

Diet Considerations - Eating Organic©

By choosing to eat whole, organically grown, unadulterated natural foods, we are taking control of what goes in our bodies as much as we can in this day and age. Short of moving to a farm and growing all of our own food, we are choosing the most nutritious foods that we can have.

The following is a quote from a WholeApproach® newsletter on why to eat organic:

"The number one reason that organic enthusiasts offer for eating organic is that the food is poison-free and safer for their family. They will usually cite the superior nutrition and better taste of the food next. Then they may reflect on the good feeling they get by contributing to the clean up of the planet and the protection of our environment, our children, our grandchildren, our wildlife and our farm workers. Some will even express the satisfaction they gain from supporting small family farms, improving the quality of our food supply and reintroducing community values into our culture.

Although there are many rewarding but less obvious reasons to choose organic products, sadly, it is the mere "safety" of the "poison-free" advantage that is most often used as the key persuasive argument in favor of naturally grown, organic choice. Wayne Roberts, co-author of Real Food for a Change, describes organically grown food as "anxiety-light" and says that "it's a sad commentary that the biggest selling point for organic food today is that it won't harm you."

Here are ten of the most popular and well-published selling points of organic produce from an article by Sylvia Tawse from Alfalfa's Markets, Boulder Colorado:

Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic!

  • Protect future generations.
  • Prevent soil erosion (by supporting soil-building organic practices.)
  • Protect water quality.
  • Save energy (by supporting organic farming by-hand methods.)
  • Keep chemicals off your plate.
  • Protect farm worker's health.
  • Help small farmers.
  • Support a true economy. (Lower priced conventional food prices reflect subsidies paid by the taxpayer for chemical management and clean up.)
  • Promote biodiversity. (Organic farmers use crop and field rotation as pest management and clean up.)
  • Taste better flavor. (You can easily locate the full version of this article by searching the Internet for "Top ten reasons to go organic.")

As we become more aware of the direct and indirect benefits of eating organic, we become inspired to participate in the movement to support it.

For an expanded version of the above, please see the following newsletter links:

Why Eat Organic Part 1 of 2 by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Why Eat Organic Part 2 of 2 by Tarilee Cornish, Certified Nutritional Practitioner