To be Organic, or not to be Organic: Is there a question?

I’ve been totally enthralled with a magazine I snatched up from the grocery store. It simply stated, “What to Eat Now.” And I wanted to know.

Organic Eggs China - Chicken Farm

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There is an article about what foods to be picky about. Organic vs. Conventional. I’ll try and do the article a little justice.

Eggs: Organic eggs come from happier chickens, bottom line. They live in cage free environments and they tend to be fed with flaxseed supplements which increases the omega-3 acids and vitamin A, all good things. Although organic eggs on average cost about $.60 more, I think organic eggs taste better and look better, and shoot if the chicken is happier, why wouldn’t they.

Milk: No hormones or antibiotics here. Unlike conventional milk, organic milk comes from cows that are not given any thing scary.

Research on the hormones conventional cows are given seems to be linked to the early onset of puberty in young girls, ekk. 

Beef: Like our organic eggs, organic beef has a higher ratio of omega-3 acids

which may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Organic cows also have much better living conditions and this cuts down on the passing of E. coli.

Fruits/Veggies: This is the only one I’m a little so-so on. I have heard that if the fruit or vegetable has a strong peel it is generally just fine to eat conventional. The peel can protect against some pesticides. The article does mention that the pesticide risk is lower in organic, true. Any local fruit and veggies you can buy, do. It’s nice to eat fresh, help your local economy, and the environment. Fruits in N.C. don’t just show up from Florida by magic.

So eggs, milk, and beef generally should be bought organic. Although the prices are higher, the pros out way the cons in this situation. Hope this helps a little in your food journey. Enjoy!

 

 

 

  • Nancy Ging

    There’s more to it than this. The definition of “cage free” often means conditions for chickens that are more dangerous than in cages. They are usually still crowded together but now they can try to fly and fall on top of each other. Even “free range” chickens may just have a window where they can get fresh air or have an open door to a tiny fenced concrete slab. Some use the rules as a labeling trick to get more money for eggs that are still being produced by tortured chickens.

    To know that your chicken/egg has been raised in a truly free range, healthy environment, I think you simply have to know your farmer. Go and see exactly how the chickens live. Unless you buy locally raised food, you REALLY do not know what you are getting, and you’re probably spending a lot of extra money getting empty words on a label.

    Here’s a blog post I wrote on the subject awhile back: http://whatcomlocavore.com/misleading-food-reports-whats-truth

    Thanks so much for bringing up this subject. Egg “factory farming” is one of the most vicious of the animal industries, and if you care about your own health, you really don’t want to be eating their products, in my opinion.

    • Nancy, thank you so much for taking the time to comment on the Organic post. I agree that it is important to know where our food comes from, although at times, it may not be the easiest thing to do. I have seen many documentaries on how “we” treat our food and hope to be an advocate for good. Again, thank you. Hope to talk with you more on other food issues. Morgan