“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
If you are reading this it is likely you are starting to question what you are putting in your body. And you are not alone.
Un-wellness such as auto immune diseases, diabetes, obesity, allergies and cancers are on the rise. We need to stop and ask why?
Our busy lifestyles; more couching, less exercising and high stress levels are big players in our un-wellness. Add to that our rapid move over the last 50 years to fast and highly processed foods that offer little or nil nutrients, minerals, vitamins or fibre. We are undernourished, but overfed and it is making us sicker.
Here starts the organic revolution. Well, it has been around for centuries but we have moved so far away from the natural and time proven methods of cultivating and producing food without genetic modification, harmful chemicals and artificial flavours, additives and preservatives, that as consumers, we no longer know where or how our food is produced.
According to Dr Esther Lok of the Organics Institute, in 2010, the US President’s Cancer Panel Report clearly stated that environmental toxins, including chemicals used in farming are the main causes of cancers and the majority of people get most of their exposure to pesticides through food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.
“In Australia more than 7200 registered pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are used in the food production industry”1
New tests that are measuring more complex chemical compounds are starting to reflect that organic foods have superior health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels and have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects.2
There are sceptics who claim there is no difference between the nutritional benefits of organic and non organic. However these nutritional tests don’t include the health risks of repeatedly ingesting chemicals from herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and other stimulants used in conventional vegetable and animal farming. A build-up of these toxic chemicals in the human body can lead to various diseases including cancers, as well as having neurological, mental and reproductive effects.3
If you would like more information about what the difference is between organic and non organic food in Australia, there is a new, free to download consumer guide to the Australian Certified Organic Standard. The guide is preceded by a fabulous brief including “all those questions about organics you wanted to know but were afraid to ask….” and concludes with 20 good reasons to buy organic all backed by the latest peer reviewed research.
Eating organic foods is a way to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. It is also works in harmony with environment and its sustainable – meaning long term organic food production improves our quality of life and the life of the planet.
At Ozganics we firmly believe organics is the way to go for healthier and a more responsible life. We take organics very seriously. No shortcuts. No compromise.
If you’ve got a question? We’d love to hear from you.
Yours in organics,
1 The Organic Institute – http://theorganicsinstitute.com/are-your-fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-slowly-killing-you-part-1/
2. Pollan, M, 2008, In Defence of Food, Penguin Books, Great Britain.
3 Cohen M, 2007, ‘Environmental toxins and health–the health impact of pesticides’ School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Victoria