Does Organic Really Matter?

12 Mar 2018 no comments emily vasey Categories health

What is organic?

Let’s start by breaking down what organic means. Organic foods are grown and produced without using any of the normal pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, or genetic engineering (GMOs) that normally happens during conventional production of foods. Farms and companies that produce organic foods are certified annually by a third-party inspection, which ensures that all the USDA organic standards are being met.

Benefit of eating organic:

Studies have shown that choosing organic foods are not only better for your health but far better for the planet too. Organic foods are higher in disease-preventing antioxidants, carry way less pesticide residue than conventional and when it comes to animal protein, have a healthier balance of fats. Organic farming practices protect water, soil, bees and other helpful inspects as well as the health of their farming neighbors.

Our recommendation:
Yes, organic does matter but a food item being organic does not automatically make it healthy. For example, a candy bar could be labeled “organic” but that does not mean it is a nutritious food! When selecting foods for your home, we recommend using your budget and the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen as your guide. This resource is listed for your below. In our homes we almost always choose all organic meat, eggs, leafy greens, berries, apples, peppers and many of our pantry items, such as: nuts, seeds, cacao powder, coconut oil, and gluten free flours. Do take note that both water and salt cannot be certified organic, so make sure you’re not paying extra for those items.

Labels:
Food manufactures are tricky, so be sure to read the labels carefully! Here is a quick run down of what to look for on your food labels.

100% Organic = It is a 100% Organic Certified product and meets the USDA standards and certification.

Organic = It is 95% Organic or more and meets the USDA standards, but up to 5% of the ingredients can be conventionally processed.

Natural = This has no actual meaning or value and is not regulated in anyway.

Our organic process:
We choose to use all organic ingredients, whenever possible, but we always choose organic with our animal products, such as: chicken, turkey, and eggs. It is important to us that we are providing the absolute best foods that are available to us for each of your meals. We are not 100% organic primarily because we attempt to shop local for our foods. Getting certified organic is freaking expensive and a few of the local farms we purchase from, that we know follow organic practices, cannot afford the certification.

Here are some trusted resources for you:
Oregon Tilth: https://tilth.org/certification/
Environmental Working Group (EWG): https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php#.WpR4r6inFPY