• What Does Organic Mean and Why is it Important?

    What Does Organic Mean and Why is it Important?

    We’ve all seen the label on our food 

    The USDA defines Organic food in the following way in their Consumer Brochure: Organic Food Standards and Labels: The Facts“What is organic food? Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” Consumer Brochure, USDA National Organic Program. 2007.

    USDA Website

       In other words, when you see this label it means that they have met these standards:

    • Organic crops cannot be grown with synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or sewage sludge.
    • Organic crops cannot be genetically engineered or irradiated.
    • Animals must eat only organically grown feed (without animal byproducts) and can’t be treated with synthetic hormones or antibiotics. ***Note: just because meat is labeled organic does NOT mean it is grass-fed. It must specifically say “Grass-fed”. Organic cows can still be fed organic corn, keep that in mind.***
    • Animals must have access to the outdoors, and ruminants (hoofed animals, including cows) must have access to pasture.
    • Animals cannot be cloned.

    In Season Produce

    What foods are in season? Purchasing produce that is in season increases your chances of finding organic options, as well as locally grown options. In season produce is often cheaper as well because it does not have to be imported from other states or countries.

    Winter Produce

    Date Plums                             Dates                                        Delicate Squash
    Grapefruit                                Jerusalem Artichoke                 Kale
    Kiwifruit                                   Leeks                                        Lemon
    Maradol Papaya                     Oranges                                    Parsnips
    Passion Fruit                           Pear                                         Persimmons
    Pineapple                                Pomegranate                           Potatoes
    Pummelo                                 Red Banana                             Red Currants
    Rhubarb                                  Satsumas                                 Sharon Fruit
    Spinach                                   Swede                                      Sweet Dumpling Squash
    Sweet potatoes                       Tangerines                               Turnips

    So why is it important to eat organic?

    Toxic Load – or body burden can be defined as the accumulated amount of toxins affecting your bodily systems at any given time, through either environmental or ingested sources.

    Everything you consume that has some amount of toxin adds to your overall toxic load. What kind of toxins could you be consuming? That’s an incredibly long list. But let me give you an example.
    In 2015 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has assessed the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides.
    The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).Source: IARC Monographs Volume 112: evaluation of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides So, how are you consuming glyphosate? Roundup Ready Seeds by Monsanto. These modified seeds are resistant to glyphosate, which means that farmers can spray them down as much as they want to kill all the weeds around them and the plant won’t die.  Then you get the pleasure of ingesting the glyphosate on the surving plants.
    This is particularly important for people with the MTHFR mutation as your body’s ability to remove toxins can be hindered anywhere from 40-80% depending on which variation you have.
    Don’t know if you have a mutated MTHFR SNP? There is a genetic test that can be done specifically for it. Call us today to find out more and see how you can be tested.

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