TAG: Organic food

Why Buy Organic?

Organically grown

Is organic food worth the extra cost? It’s certainly better for the environment because organic growers don’t use toxic pesticides or genetically modified organisms, and organic growing requires less fossil fuel. However, shipping organic foods requires fossil fuel and generates carbon emissions, so buying locally is better. Organic produce is also far less likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological issues, and it may be more nutritious as well. Some studies comparing nutritional content have found in favor of organic produce whereas others have noted no significant differences, likely… read more

Tips For Buying Organic

Tips For Buying Organic

There are many reasons to buy organic food, however it can drastically dent a hole in your wallet. The pesticides commonly sprayed on foods are a worry and organics just taste better! But, there are ways to eat organic and save money. You just need to know what you should definitely buy organic, because of the foods’ susceptibility to pesticides and those that are resistant. Non-Organic Bananas – pesticides stay on the outer skin Avocado – the thick skin protects the flesh Onions – they don’t see as many pest threats, which means less pesticide use Pineapple – it has… read more

Genetically Modified Food

Corn

Genetically modified (GM) foods are produced by plants that have been adapted using cutting edge molecular biology techniques with the goal of creating desirable traits such as pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance, faster growth, ability to withstand cold or drought, and improved nutritional content. In the past, such traits were achieved more slowly via selective breeding. GM foods have been promoted as a means of feeding a rapidly expanding world population. Most GM crops are grown by farmers in the U.S., though Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, France, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania also grow GM… read more

Antibiotics in Food

Antibiotics in food

According to DeNoon (2012), 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to animals. This has raised concerns about the development of superbugs – bacteria that have evolved a resistance to antibiotics due to constant low-level exposure. Because these germs can’t easily be killed with antibiotics, they are more likely to have fatal consequences. Many organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consider the development of drug-resistant bacteria to be among the greatest major health threats in the world. Farm… read more