I find it quite alarming that most fruits and vegetables grown that are not classed organic are covered with all sorts of chemicals which are of detriment to our health. With long term exposure to such chemicals, namely pesticides, we can develop serious illness. They cannot be washed off or peeled away, they absorb into the fruits and veg and then into our bodies. The elderly and young are most effected by this.
I realise we cannot all be super healthy, uber organic munching beings. We normally lead hard lives in a difficult situations and mostly live in very polluted cultures/societies, this relates to physical pollution (the air we breath, what we choose to eat and drink….) and also the mental pollution that we tolerate and consume via the media and skewed social norms that do not promote health, love and vitality. Many of these social norms seem to be leading us away from happiness and our connection with nature and each other.
A few people have mentioned to me that man only developed into a sophisticated being (that’s what we are!?!) when he began cooking and eating meat in prehistory. So why revert to a plant based diet? I believe we have come a long way since then!!!! We certainly have more choices than a caveman would, more science at our disposal and a better understanding of nutrition. What we eat affects our entire being, it is not just fuel for the body to feed of, it can be an inspiration experience, a opportunity to be creative. Food, and the enjoyment of it, is a life long passion that can brighten every day. Eating food that is made with love is a huge step towards a healthy existence, this food must also be grown with care and love.
We will all get ill at some stage of life, this is for certain. The choices that Jane and I are making now are not only based on a more vibrant lifestyle and a greater sense of vitality, but on putting a few extra miles on the clock. Giving ourselves a better chance of enjoying our later years and experimenting with our bodies whilst we are young and in our prime(ish).
I may sound like a broken record here, but it is VERY important. We are what we eat……. Industrialised farming techniques and major pesticide corporations are definitely not your friend. Moving to a vegetarian diet is a step in the right direction for the environment (plant based foods, on average, us five times less land and generate ten times less CO2 emissions than animal based foods). It can also be a great choice healthwise.
The next major step that we face is trying to control our own food supply. If we can take control of the food we buy and educate ourselves about how it is produced, we begin to change the way that we eat and view food in general. We make a statement to the food producers that we will not tolerate substandard food that harms us and has little or no nutritional value or flavour.
Seasonal, organic produce has a greater concentration of nutrients, meaning less is more! You only need a smaller portion and your body is satisfied. Non-organically produce foods can have as much as 50% less vitamins and minerals present as organically grown ones.
If we accept rubbish produce, they will keep feeding us rubbish produce. If we demand better, we will inevitably get better. This is the wonderful power that us modern day consumers have. Demand the best for yourself and the planet. Most people take better care of their cars than their bodies! Give yourself the best fuel possible and you will run on and on and……………
The way that we spend and direct out pounds/dollars/yen/rupees makes all the difference. It is one of our greatest methods of influencing our societies which are increasingly controlled by large, profit hungry corporations/governments (the difference has become negligible).
This post is not designed to put anyone off eating vegetables and fruit! It is a platform for information, produced by an independent research body, that will assist you in making an informed choice the next time you hit the market or shop.
I found the below information useful when trying to balance the cost of shopping organic with the potential moral and health factors of not buying certain organic produce. The truth is, in our location, we cannot always buy organic, it is too costly and sometimes unavailable. We don’t worry about some non-organic produce slipping onto our plate, life’s to short! But we much prefer the ‘good stuff’, mainly due to the ethics of the people who decide to produce organically. They are our kind of folk.
Below is a list of produce that you should try to buy organically, due to the high levels of pesticides used to grow them by non-organic means:
Apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries
Bell peppers, carrots, celery, lettuce, all root vegetables.
And here are some foods with lower amounts of pesticides:
Avocado, kiwi, mango, tomato, papaya, pineapple, watermelon
Asparagus, broccoli, corn, cabbage, aubergine, onion, sweet peas.
(Taken from the raw food book ‘Live Raw’ by Mimi Kirk)
I genuinely believe a good diet is one of the primary steps to making the world a better place to be and buying organic (or demanding organic!) is a choice well worth making.
Wishing long and healthy lives for you allXXXXX