Life: One Food at a Time
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
Priorities in life are bound to be different for each one of us. Our environment influences us directly and indirectly, however, our good earth may not always make our daily priority cut-off. Yet, perhaps it should be part of our concern for life.
When we are able to buy locally grown organic foods we decrease pesticide consumption, the environmental costs and potentially improve our nutrition.
It has been well-documented that on average organic foods have more nutrients; such as magnesium, vitamin C, iron, and phosphorus, compared to conventional crops. In general organic foods are more nutrient-dense then conventionally grown produce. We also know that organic produce have less pesticide residues and the proof so to speak is in the organic pudding!
There is a movement Mission Organic 2010 in which we, the consumers, can all play our small part in increasing the demand for organic foods. The current limited consumer demand for organic in the American market dictates why organic fruits and vegetables are about 30% more expensive then conventionally grown produce. The 11th Hour documentary reminds us that as consumers we put in our “vote” for organic every time we buy.
So here is how each of us can contribute to the goal of eventually decreasing the price of organic foods and eating healthier while being environmentally conscious:
1. For every 10 fruits and vegetables that you buy – try buying one of those produce items organic.
2. Then go ahead and actually make an organic dish (well they say meal) but I say start even with a dish and pay attention to how it tastes. According to the chimpanzees organic tastes better!
3. And if you like share this idea with a friend (or 10 friends).
If each one of us makes this small effort then the American market will see an increase in the demand of organic foods and eventually decrease the cost of organic foods making it more affordable for all. Take a moment to hear Dr. Andrew Weil’s thoughts on this and also hear more about The 11th Hour documentary below.