Why organic food matters

Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 25 June 2019

I have a question for you....Have you ever complained that organic food is too expensive? 
Would you ever tell your child to not go to university because it is too expensive?
Not likely.

That’s because you realize that there is something to be said for spending money on things that are a good investment
When we don’t look at food as an investment in our health, organic food may be expensive. 
But once you factor in all the other costs involved with buying non-organic, pesticide laden products, the investment becomes much clearer.
It also doesn’t help that the toxic burden of the chemicals we are exposed to never show up until months or years of exposure.
Pesticides, herbicides and the like are linked more and more to many of the chronic health problems that we see today. Asthma, allergies, infertility, obesity, cancer, and many more. 
Still not convinced?
There are also many ways to make buying organic food more budget friendly. 
Here are 3 of my favorites:

  1. Use a CSA – CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a share at the beginning of the season and then pick up a delivery once a week for the growing season (late spring/early summer until fall). Most CSA’s are organic and their prices are extremely reasonable. Much cheaper than shopping at the grocery store. 
  2. Follow the Clean 15 and the Dirty dozen – This is a list published every year by the Environmental Working Group. It outlines the highest sprayed fruits & veggies (ones you should buy organic) and the least sprayed (ones you don’t have to worry about so much)
  3. Grow your own – Even if this means just a few veggies in some pots. Ones that I find easy to start with are lettuce mixes, tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and squash

Finally, I hope you check out this video that illustrates better than I could ever convey with words why organic food matters.


Now I would love to hear from you! What is one thing that you can do to incorporate more organic food in your diet? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!

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