Why choose organic? It’s trendy but it’s expensive. One health expert tells us that buying organic is “an investment toward your health.” So, you “may be paying more now, but will save thousands on health costs in the future.” At FEMNA, we believe organic is more than just good for you, even when it comes to herbs. Your teas and even your oils are consumed by your body whether orally or by skin contact. And what you put into your body is important. We are proud to use 95% organic herbs and always use BPA-Free plastic for the safety of your well-being.
The problem with societies everywhere is the inability to think of our future generations. We trash the planet, we overconsume and we overpopulate at an unmanageable rate. But no one is thinking about that. We all go about our day thinking that someone somewhere sometime will come up with a solution because we are so cocky that we will live on! It’s just like our health. We are a healthy mid-twenty, mid-thirty something and we think we will be like this forever!
I fall guilty of it too, but health expert Carlo Leifert, a professor of agriculture at Newcastle, is right: we need to invest in our longevity.nIf I take care of my body now, I can even avoid high risks of diseases that could take me young, like cancer. Scientist and health experts have shown diet is very important and recently, the whole grain-inspired pyramid of high-carb consumption is being turned on its head. The New York Times wrote an article ahead of its time in 2002 asking if the food pyramid is just a Big Fat Lie. But still the question remains:
Why Buy Organic?
1. No Chemicals in Organic
This is obvious, but organic food has strict restrictions on how to keep pests off their product. This should come as a relief that we can bite into an apple without the need to wash the harmful chemicals off beforehand. You are what you eat and what your food eats. If that apple is soaking up pesticides full of carcinogens that cause cancer and harmful metals that mess with my hormonal balance, why would I eat it?
Food is like a sponge and soaks up its environment. Do you want these chemicals floating around in your body? Not to mention the difficulty your body has to expel those toxins. They might back up in your liver or might just float around for a long ass time while you try to live. Do you want your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, friends’ kids to develop with tons of toxins floating around in their little susceptible bodies? Hell no!
2. More Nutrients
Plants Are Amazing
They have the ability to fight off pests and adapt to environment changes. They even give us all the nutrients and supplement that we need. When man steps in and tries to control the conditions, there are always consequences. One of which is robbing us from beneficial compounds that contribute to our health.
Without Pesticides, Plants Offer Nutrients and Antioxidants That Ward Off Cancer
Plants have been around much longer than we have, and they make their own polyacetylene compounds to ward off pests naturally. And when conventional farmers spray product with pesticides, those plants won’t make their natural polyacetylene compounds. And these compounds are great antioxidants that ward of cancer and reduce inflammation (which our Western culture is riddled with).
Nitrogen is a big subject too. Conventional plants are injected with nitrogen so that they grow bigger. Yes, you get “more for your money,” technically, but without the nitrogen pumped artificially into the roots of these plants, their natural and organic counterparts will create what scientists call secondary plant metabolites. That means we consume the natural nutrients that the plant provides and that our ancestors once consumed (our ancestors who didn’t have autoimmunity, hormonal imbalances or abrasive allergies).
Leifert takes the stance that “a switch to organic fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products would provide significantly higher amounts of dietary antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.” NPR looks at the latest studies and explores both sides of the argument, but leaves the impression that what you choose to eat matters and that these studies do not cover long-term effects from conventional consumption. They do, however, point to the potential conversion of more nutrients (especially with soil degradation and monoculture farming practices come into play). So, you choose what you want to put into your body!
Eating Natural Foods Is Always Safer
Experts still debate whether organic foods and herbs are more nutritious than conventional. Some say there is no evidence, but if the soil is organic and without pesticides and the plants are naturally creating their own polyacetylene compounds, wouldn’t organic products tend to provide more and healthier nutrients than conventional products grown in conventional and chemical laden soil? And even if we can’t prove that organic is more nutritious, scientist have found that conventional plants, because they don’t have to fight hard to grow or repel pests, don’t develop compounds that they naturally would, which organic plants have, that greatly benefit our health.
3. Supporting Local
Beyer and Amazon are ruling the consumerist world. With big corporations buying out other companies and offering the lowest prices, there seems to be no room left for smaller and local companies to build and thrive. Wouldn’t you rather buy from your local farmer? The one who you see every day at the farmer’s market. The one who knows the kind of produce that you like and seeks to find what you need. The one whose life is farming and who loves their lifestyle. The one who listens to you and has empathy. Not to mention the fact that smaller businesses contribute to a thriving economy and big, conglomerate companies just add to world domination, accumulation of wealth which results in wealth inequality and the unjustifiable capitalization on society’s bad health.
Where Amazon profits by out-competing Walmart with their Whole Foods organic market buy out, Beyer makes gains by promoting more bad health – which, because they are a pharmaceutical company, provides them with more unhealthy customers to buy their products. In April of 2018, Beyer officially bought Monsanto, the biggest GMO pesticide company from the Unites States. Now, Beyer is making profits by selling cheap produce induced with the toxic chemicals from Monsanto, which will in turn increase the pharmaceutical need because of the adverse effects of those chemicals, which will then profit Beyer. Ethical? Worrisome.
This will adversely affect small, local farmers who want to make a living doing what they love and providing you with great food. This will also impact our health negatively with big pharmaceuticals who profit from bad health having control over chemicals that harm our health. Organic foods have more nutrients and less harmful chemicals.
So, all we can advise here at FEMNA is: