Organic Foods

On a week by week basis, I have been trying to incorporate more organic food into our household.  Yes, it is more expensive, but I think it is an important way to vote with my dollars for helping create a larger organic market.

Organic farming builds healthier, more fertile soil without the use of toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, as well as through incorporating crop rotation.  It prevents the erosion of topsoil.  It lowers greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy.  It keeps toxic substances out of nearby water sources.  (The excess nitrogen that makes its way to the ocean has created “dead zones“.  These are low oxygen areas of coastal waters where marine life is literally suffocated.  There are 150 of these zones in the world’s oceans.)  It ensures that no antibiotics, genetic engineering, cloning, sewage sludge or irridation (using x-rays to sterilize food) are used in the production of the food.  It avoids the use of intense feedlots or factory farms for raising animals.  It can protect us from the adverse health effects of pesticides, as well as farmers and farm workers.

Should we be concerned about the pesticides and fertilizers?  Here is a list of a few of the ingredients found in some of them: nitrates, arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and dioxin.  The dangers become the fact that most of these are persistent (don’t disappear), bioaccumulative (stored in the fatty tissues), and are toxic.  Not all produce absorbs the chemicals to the same degree.  To see what fruits and vegetables we should be wary of check out the dirty dozen list done by the Environmental Working Group.  I live in peach country, and that is NUMBER ONE on the list!!  What am I going to do this summer?

I think I need to find the local organic farmers and the Canadian Organic Growers has a website that can help locate farms, restaurants, and producers.   Another place to look for local farms is the Local Harvest website.  It looks like a site specific to the States, but you can find Canadian farms or producers on there as well.  Another place to find local food suppliers is on the Eat Well Guide website or you can locate local grass-fed food on the Eat Wild website.

Before I finish off with the organics, I just wanted to touch on seafood.  Remember my dilemma about what to eat at The Keg?  Well, I have found a website to help us navigate our seafood choices.  They even have a printable seafood guide that you can keep in your wallet.

Happy shopping and eating!  The beautiful thing about eating organic food is that they taste soooo good!

Published in: on March 4, 2009 at 3:31 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Hey we have that seafood guide – it is pretty shocking how much chemicals are in living things these days.

  2. So this journey has been a fun one for me too! I do often play devil’s advocate with Bonnie, like asking whether the plastic container that the organic pineapple was stored in was eco-friendly…however, I’m grateful that we’re going down this road. Chances are I would want to go down a road like this on my own as well, but “wouldn’t have the time”, which I know is no excuse, but frankly, still true. So I’m so glad to see my wife come alive and lead our family in this way, even if it means not flying to a warm beach for vacation :). On that note though, we get to track some funky organic restaurants in Toronto over the next couple of days. Mmmmmm…tasty organic food!!! I’m glad this will be the new “normal” for our kids and will hopefully be 2nd nature to them as they grow up.

  3. Good for you! Organic food is more costly, but I’ve found that it is a priority for our family. We scrimp on other things. And organic tastes better!

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