Organic food is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemicals. This alone is enough justification as to why Organic food is important to the health of humans and the environment. It is an unfortunate downward spiral the way conventional food is grown and consumed. There is an alarming number of devastating effects that pesticides and genetically modified foods have that are found in conventional foods starting from infertility, birth complications, developmental disabilities, cancer and allergies in children and adults and the list goes on.
We are confronted with what is undoubtedly the single most potent technology the world has ever known - Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is even more powerful than the devastating effects of atomic energy. Yet it is being released throughout our environment and deployed with superficial or no risk assesments - as if no one needs to worry about its unparralled powers to harm life as we know it - and for all future generations. Did you know there is no way for consumers to ensure that their groceries are GMO free as labelling is not required by law for groceries containing GMO ingredients. All Certified Organic produce and groceries are 100% GMO free.
At Organics on a Budget, we also have a strict "No GMO Policy".
With the highest rates of cancer ever recorded in the past few years, we should look towards our current way of living and question what has caused this incredible hike in cancer rates. Organic foods on the other hand contain on average a third more cancer-fighting antioxidants compared to conventional produce (Benbrook, 2005). On another note, if you're a shopper in the US, you're in luck - there's a fact sheet produced by an environmental organisation, The Environmental Working Group, listing the fruits and vegetables likely to have both the highest and lowest residues. But in Australia, it's not so easy - there's no one place listing all the pesticides used on different fruits and vegetables, says Jo Immig of the National Toxics Network, a consumer based organisation working to reduce pollution. While some produce might have many pesticides registered for use on it, this doesn't mean the pesticides will actually be used, or even that there will be residues. On the other hand, some foods may have just a couple of pesticides registered for use on them - but they might be nasty ones and potentially more harmful, she explains.
The claim that there is no difference between conventional produce and organic produce. A child experiment will put an end to this argument. A child has proven how chemicals and pesticides are absorpted into the produce by illustrating how food dye is absorbed into the produce:
The term organic goes further than ‘grown without chemicals and pesticides’, it’s a complete system that ensures the link between soil, plants, animals, food and humans are preserved in its natural state and sustained for future generations to come. Being Certified Organic ensures that stringent standards are met to ensure traceability of organically sourced products and that correct handling procedures are adhered to. This is governed by unannounced audits from the governing body to ensure all standards are met.