This question of whether organic food is better for you has been in the center of debate lately, but what is the answer? Let’s face it, there is a lot of money being pumped into both sides so really the conclusion you or I come to will have to be a common sense one.
The debate has many facets. Most who are demanding that healthy organic food be the only foods to enter our bodies have an appreciation for the way God made food and our bodies to function together. Why does man need to monkey around with the genetics of our food, whether while it’s growing in the ground or prior to that in the creating of genetically modified seeds? Aren’t our genes essentially ‘what we are’?
When our society stopped making growing organic food a priority, health care issues and diseases began rising to the highest ever. Just look at how many diseases there are now, and there is a drug for each symptom too. How did our great grandparents live to be 100 yrs.? They worked extremely hard, yet lived fairly healthy lives. Could it be the organic nutrition they consumed everyday that worked on a cellular level to restore and recharge their tired bodies? This seems like a very reasonable answer.
For those who still hold to the idea that God made life, they can also understand that He is the most qualified to create the energy source to fuel these exquisite and intricate machines called the ‘human body’.
Organic food stands the most solidly on the importance of the fact that nothing has been altered in the plant, hence in the fruit or vegetable. This means, whether in the field or on the vine, no genetic altering poisons or fertilizers have been applied. No microwaving has been done either, which is also debated as to the health risks of this. Some believe this causes the molecular structure of food to be altered. Again this would not fit into the category of ‘organic’, so the organic industry doesn’t do it.
The one area that does not make anyone happy is the risk of bacteria on the fresh fruit or vegetables. In order to keep the food organic, which basically means unaltered from the way God made it, they do not spray it with pesticides. People who want organic do not want these extra bad boys to clog up their livers and damage organs. They prefer to wash the food themselves and have a more pure product.
So, the decision of whether to buy and eat organic or not to care is up to you and ultimately will depend on how much you value unaltered food and also if you can afford it. Everyone can afford organic if they grow their own. It is not extremely difficult and the results are fantastic. Just ask those who make their own organic blackberry juice. The joy of growing and preserving your own organic food is well worth the effort for many people.
To choose not to care does have a negative effect on those who do value organic food. Genetically modified fields put organic fields at risk of being contaminated beyond repair. Those selling and promoting these GMO seeds are threatening the existence and life of organic varieties. This should be considered. Once an organic variety becomes lost or ‘extinct’ there is no getting it back. There is no magic lab concoction that can recreate the ‘real’ organic seed. The consequences of disregarding the benefits of organic food are lasting ones.
Laws that restrict freedom to have organic food untouched so the enzymes are in tact is also a concerning issue. Look at all the stomach issues that are prevalent in our society. Grandma may have occasionally known heartburn, but she cured it with ‘straight from the cow’ organic milk. All those great enzymes would go to work to restore the balance in her stomach. Nowadays we’re just told to take some medication that shuts off the pump that makes the acid that burns all the way up, through and out the lining of the stomach when in excess.
Common sense is what Great Grandma had. Maybe we need to get back to that and learn from her health secrets that gave her a long and healthy life.
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