We have received several emails in the first few days of 2016 asking for tips on how to afford organic food. We get it. When we first started learning about how many additives, genetically engineered ingredients and synthetic pesticides were allowed into conventional foods—and that by law, these ingredients are not allowed in the production of organic food—we wanted to make the shift. But the numbers were totally intimidating, especially with four kids.
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Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this powerful 90 second video. The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect
Organically grown foods can be--and often are-- mixed with non-organic ingredients, genetically modified organisms and artificial ingredients despite boasting organic labels. Organic fruits and vegetables can comingle with conventionally raised produce, be exposed to pesticides and other contaminants in shipping, storage and on display at your local supermarket. And sometimes, products labeled organic aren't even organic at all, like the recent case of an Oregon man sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling conventionally raised corn as organic.
Last month’s report out of Stanford that organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts has caused quite a stir. A deeper investigation into the study reveals a few things that were not highlighted in the coverage. While the scientists analyzed vitamins and minerals, suggesting little variation between foods produced organically and those produced conventionally using a chemically-intensive agricultural system, food isn’t simply a delivery device for vitamins and minerals alone. We are quickly learning in this industrialized food era that our food can be full of a lot of other things. It has become a delivery device for artificial colors, additives, preservatives, added growth hormomes, antibiotics, pesticides, insecticides and so much more.