Want To Eat Right? Eat Organic

Benefits of organic food

Organic food is not a new concept. Think about it. Before we constructed factories to grow all of our produce in, and before we started crafting everything else out of chemicals like petroleum or high fructose corn syrup, the produce and meat that was consumed in this country was all natural.

There were no pesticides, no hormones, no antibiotics. There were no steroids, no teeny tiny pens to keep the livestock in. It was a different time. Granted, that was a time that they did not always have a guarantee of how their crop would do. Sometimes they had rough years. People would die over the winter. Their cattle would get sick. Pests would get into the crops. For some, the benefits of organic foods do not outweigh the risks of dealing with those problems present day.

But to others, those reasons are not worth giving up the organic benefits. Because of all of those chemicals and pesticides and steroids, people are consuming more meat than ever before. Because our cows and chickens and turkeys and pigs are bigger than they have ever been, bigger than nature intended. So who cares if the animal suffers as long as they produce an extra porkchop?

That certainly is one of the organic benefits. Knowing that the animal who produced your food was not pumped so full of hormones that it could not stand, that it had to just sit in a tiny cage its entire life. And that the butcher procedure was done as humanely as possible, with concern for the pain and stress of the animal, and not worried about how many animals can be slaughtered in a minute.

The lack of chemicals are the other organic benefits. You can know that an organic apple has not been sprayed with pesticides for the last two months straight. No matter how many times the produce is washed, you cannot get rid of that. By that point, the pesticides have made their way into the fruit itself.

And have you ever stopped to think why kids are physically growing up more quickly than our generation did? A lot of scientists are attributing it to the tons and tons of hormones that the big agriculture farms are pumping into their stock. Those do not go away when they slaughter the animal, and our youth are ingesting them on a regular basis.

Despite what our forefathers had to go through, we may not necessarily have it any better. If we had natural food, we would not be ingesting hormones and chemicals with every bite. We may see less obesity, less long term health issues, and a better overall quality of life. You can decide whatever you like, but how you buy speaks volumes. Choose wisely.

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?