Friday, June 4, 2010

Understanding the Benefits of Eating Organic: Taking the Bad with the Good

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Not a day goes by that someone doesn't bust my chops about the produce that slips through the system, labeled as USDA organic, but not truly in that league. I see this problem as akin to politics. You have a few bad apples in every barrel--the ones that seem to make every apple look bad. They even draw in their comrades with bribes and deals. One bad apple in a barrel emits chemicals that can make the whole bushel rot quicker than it should. Not a bad analogy, even though it doesn't solve the problem.

What we have to accept is that eating a few non-organic veggies, even though we thought they were the purist of pure, is not nearly as bad as knowingly buying all conventional produce, heavily laden with pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. The latter gives us no chance at all of keeping our livers clear and our lives free of diseases and other health woes.

This reminds me of the famous quote that goes something like this:

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

My goal is simply to help you change those things that you can. Join me next week for a look at the most toxic of all produce--the ones you need, absolutely MUST, try to buy organic. Think about it. 

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