As most of you may know, I am a certified health coach. The health-coach training that I went through was very informative and rigorous.
However, a lot of what we learnt was depressing. What we learnt about what the commercial agriculture industry is doing was so upsetting that I would prefer not to share it with you.
What I would like to share with you, however, are reasons why you should eat organic. Organic means that the product has come into contact with little-to-no hazardous chemicals interaction. I highly recommend eating organic fruits and vegetables. And, this is why:
1. Pesticides have been linked to diseases like cancer.
In 2015, CNN reported that there were links between pesticides and cancer, particularly in children. Over the past thirty years, several studies have shown that there could be a link between the two. Pesticides contaminate soil and therefore, it is necessary to eat all organic fruits and vegetables. Although the FDA released a list in 2012 of a few foods to eat that are organic, I am here to tell you otherwise. Pesticide contamination affects the soil and therefore can contaminate all fruits and vegetables grown in the same soil.
2. Pesticides can cause allergies.
Pesticides are a chemical and some chemicals can have negative health affects. In the early 1990s, there were a few studies that revealed some food allergies- particularly to berries. Healthy Homes Collaborative found that there was a link between children with asthma and the use of pesticides in fruit. Other sources say that pesticides found in fruit can lower the immune system and make people susceptible to diseases that they wouldn't normally have- particularly respiratory diseases.
3. Pesticides ruin the environment.
The effects of pesticides on soil are very damaging as these chemicals can strip the soil of its nutrients. Soil takes approximately 7 years to replenish its nutrient value. That's why farmers who have decided to move towards organic from farms that previously were not end up having to wait a few years to start to farm again. The Sustainable table reported almost 80% of farms use pesticides. Imagine the damage on the environment? We can change this by putting our money where our conscious is and buying organic.