“Organic” means something slightly different for each food group. (We cover the specific definition for each food on the individual food group pages.) However, one part of the definition is the same for all food groups and all products. Any food item labeled organic is produced without the use of certain pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So why, in general, should we buy organic food?
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING ORGANIC
The EPA states, “Pesticides can cause health problems, such as birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” It further states children may be more sensitive to these health risks. Click here to read more.
GMOs are even scarier. Scientists have been able to alter the DNA of food for the purpose of making it easier to grow, last longer, travel easier, etc. GMOs are most prevalent in crops such as corn, soybean, canola, and cottonseed but they are affecting other food groups as well. They have not been proven safe and several countries (not the US, unfortunately) have banned GMOs. They have been linked to everything from allergies to organ damage. Click here to learn more. Here’s the scariest part. GM crops are in just about everything because they are super cheap to produce. Most processed food is made with GM ingredients and most animals are fed GM corn. So if you are concerned about GMOs, stick with organic animal products and organic processed food. The Center for Food Safety created a comprehensive guide to buying non-GMO foods so check that out if you’re interested. You can also download the app to your phone!