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Healthy Eating Tip #7 – DavidSandstrom.com

Healthy Eating Tip #7

Prior to WWII, all farmers were organic. They didn’t call it “organic,” they just called it “farming.”

After the war, however, chemical pesticides and fertilizers (their constituents had been developed for chemical warfare) really took over the agriculture sector.

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In This Post:

  • Why certified organic is worth it
  • How to be a smart organic shopper
  • How to save money on organic food….

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In the 1950s, Dow Chemicals came up with the slogan, “Better living through chemicals,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

The trouble is, no one stopped to ask what kind of an effect this widespread use of chemicals would have on our bodies and our brains. Since that time, we’ve begun using chemicals to kill weeds and fungi as well as pests.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

The most recent “advancement” in agriculture is to genetically modify seeds so that they grow into plants resistant to the chemicals farmers want to spray on fields to suppress weeds. This is especially common for soybean and corn crops, about 90 percent of which are now genetically modified.

Again, is anyone asking the question: “What effect will this kind of a science experiment have on the population?” A few, but not many.

I say, stick to healthy eating Tip #1: Eat food as close to its God-given, natural form as possible. This means eating organic whenever we can, and avoiding GMOs at all cost.

Remember, you can pay the farmer now … or you can pay the doctor later.

Organic Certification

Organic foods are not grown with chemical herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Sewage sludge is not permitted as fertilizer, nor is genetic modification allowed. And, in the case of livestock, routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones is disallowed.

A farmer that wants to get his farm certified organic must use organic practices for three years or more and go through an expensive government certification.

Save $$ on Organic

I know eating organic can seem expensive. One way to keep the cost down is by joining or starting an organic food coop.

With a little research, I’m sure you can find one in your area. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people. You can also save money by going in on purchases and buying in bulk.

Another way to reduce the cost of eating healthy is to ”grow your own” and start an organic garden. Better yet, get a few of your neighbors to grow gardens as well and exchange food with them – or start a community garden together.

Another way to eat organic is to buy frozen. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts all have a fairly good variety of frozen organic fruits and vegetables, reasonably priced.

Produce that has been flash frozen right after harvest often retains higher nutrient value than that which has been fresh picked, then shipped to supermarkets clear across the country.

When you can’t do organic (and, by the way, nobody can eat 100 percent organic, 100 percent of the time), buy from a local, enlightened farmer.

Many small farmers are doing things right; they just don’t desire to go through the hassle and expense of getting organically certified through the USDA. And since many of these farmers sell directly to customer, they don’t feel they have to.

One of the best ways to save money on natural and organic is Thrive Market. (Think: Costco online for healthy food)

Summary

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  • Chemicals used on non organic produce was designed to kill people using chemical warfare.
  • GMOs are a massive science experiment that no one knows the outcome to yet.
  • Getting certified organic is as long expensive process.
  • There are ways to cut cost on organic foods
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Getting Started

  • Find a local enlightened farmer that doesn’t mind you visiting the farm.
  • Buy fresh, frozen organic produce.
  • Start an organic produce club.
  • Check out Thrive Market. They sell many name brand, natural and organic products at deeply discounted prices.

Yours in Health,

David

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