In our “Green Thanksgiving” post, we made some recommendations for making your holiday celebration a little more eco-friendly, which included the suggestion to buy organic produce. If you’re wondering what the big deal about buying organic is, read on to discover some appalling facts about GMOs, along with some thrilling information on how organic food can promote healthiness and a cleaner world.
GM (Genetically Modified) food, which has become the default staple of grocery stores nationwide, has been scientifically altered to create larger, hardier, more profitable yields– whether it’s a bug-proof corn stalk or a dangerously obese cow. Although some arguments claim that GMOs help farmers thrive and are a solution to the world hunger crisis, counter-arguments state that GM food is unsafe, unnecessary, and even toxic. The insecticide produced by genetically-modified corn, for instance, has been found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses– not exactly an awesome baby formula. GMO studies performed on animals have resulted in organ damage, immune disorders, gastrointestinal issues, accelerated aging, intense allergies, and infertility. Alarmingly enough, no safety testing is required for GMOs that enter our food supply. All that’s required is a nice, shiny patent. There doesn’t even need to be a label saying “hey, this food has been injected with viruses, pesticides, and 100 helpings of canola oil!” Also, because the seeds of GMO crops can easily travel and cross-pollinate, these dangerous frankenfoods have the power to contaminate non-GMO food supplies, and threaten the health of future generations for who-even-knows how long.
Organic food, on the other hand, does not contain pesticides, heavy metals, or dangerous artificial flavors/colors/preservatives. It’s more nutrient-dense than GM food, packed with natural antioxidants, and is lower in nitrates. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic world, reducing off-farm pollution and protecting delicate natural resources. Also, the tasty animals raised on organic farms are treated humanely, allowing them to interact with their natural environment and live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Even the soil benefits when organic crops are grown, as GM mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency have led to a tragic loss of topsoil nationwide. The hasty science behind GM food was rushed onto the market without consideration of healthiness or long-term impact on consumers– but organic food has proven itself to be healthy and beneficial since (approximately) the dawn of mankind.
If you’re a fan of being healthy, having biodiversity on your planet, helping out small family farms, or living green, then buying organic may be your next step toward self-actualization! For more tidbits on what buying organic is like and how you can begin your journey, stop by The Greener Good and talk to one of our associates.