Why Shop Organic, Anyway?

I’m a lover of all things delicious. Chocolate, french fries, berries, milkshakes, sandwiches, pastas… I could go on. Usually I don’t think about what I eat beyond whether or not the food in question tastes good. But recently I’ve learned more about organic foods, and why it’s important to think about where our food comes from, rather than just how it tastes.
One of the most surprising facts I’ve learned is that the fertilizers used on non-organic foods have been linked to cancer. Not only are these chemicals bad for us, they can also impact the people who harvest the fruits and vegetables.

Another benefit to shopping organic and local is saving energy. According to Georgia Organics,  if we all ate just one meal of local and organically raised meats and produce, we could reduce the U.S.’s oil consumption by 1.1 million barrels of oil per week! Yet another reason to buy organic is to support local farmers who will continue to produce organic foods for future generations.

Even if you or your parents can’t shop organic all the time (it can be expensive, after all), try to buy the following foods organic when you can. The non-organic versions of these common fruits and veggies are grown with the most pesticides.

  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • spinach
  • nectarines
  • celery
  • pears
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • bell peppers
  • raspberries
  • imported grapes

If organic foods are a topic you care about, look for ways to get your friends and family behind this movement, too. If you live in Georgia, check out the Georgia Organics website to learn about advocacy opportunities near you.

Another way to get motivated to buy organic is to try a recipe using organic ingredients. I love this Black Pepper and Lime Fries recipe from the blog 101 Cookbooks. It’s super easy, totally delicious, and gives you an opportunity to buy organic potatoes!

Do you have a favorite recipe using organic foods? Let us know–we’d love to try it!

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