What’s Wrong With Store Bought Food?

organic produce and gardeningGardening organically means you can sink your teeth into a sun-warm tomato without wondering whether you’re also getting a mouthful of unwanted chemicals. You are in control of what you and your family are eating. When you purchase produce at your local supermarket you can not always be sure of the quality of your produce.
Food alone cannot make you healthy, but eating right helps you feel well and maintain good health. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you known you are getting fresh, wholesome food.

6 Reasons Why Organic Food And Gardening Is They Way To Go!

1. Safe-Chemical Free Foods: Organic produce has no toxic chemical residues on leaf or fruit. No toxic preservatives, food additives, or artificial synthetic dyes.

2. Organic Gardening is Environmentally Friendly: When produce is trucked or transported from faraway it has a drastic effect on the environment

  • Saves energy and pollution from wholesaler to retailer to your kitchen
  • Eliminating pesticides encourages beneficial wildlife, is good for all, and the ecology

3. Healthiest Foods: Fruits and vegetables harvested at their peak provide far more vitamins and nutrients than food that is trucked from afar. The less time from the garden to table means healthier, more nutritious, tastier foods.

  • The quality of the crop can only be as good as what it is fed. Organically grown produce is fed by biologically active soil full of rich and complex nutrients.
  • Store bought conventional produce many times are harvested before they are ripe, vitamins and nutrients haven’t reached their highest levels. Even crops picked at maturity, such as broccoli and cabbage, lose many nutrients during shipment from coast to coast.
  • When the vegetable leaves the vine, it doesn’t stop biological activity; the enzymes that ripen it will continue to affect the nutrition levels as well as the flavor. If you have ever eaten fresh from the garden produce you know the reason why fresher is better.
  • Many vitamins are destroyed if produce is allowed to wilt or exposed to heat.

4. Trading health for endurance: Many times flavor has bred out in favor of endurance and disease resistance with methods such as using GMO’s – (genetically modified organisms) seeds and plants.

  • Genetically modified foods are not labeled so we are playing Russian Roulette with our health and environment.

5. Picture-perfect foods:  Good-looking perfect produce is also a factor in store-bought food. Commercial growers aim for picture-perfect produce and using an arsenal of chemicals to repel insects and disease but Organic gardeners are willing to trade a few holes or blemishes for wholesome eating.

  • According to the EPA pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other serious health concerns that are used in the growing process of conventional foods.
  • Imported produce may contain even more pesticides than conventional grown produce because other countries are not limited by the same restrictions on chemicals. For instance as per Natural News China organic foods are filled with pollution there is no limit to how much mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum is allowed in “organic” products.  It’s just a label that seems to have no meaning and is certainly not healthy.

6.  Food All Year Round: Storing and preserving your garden fresh foods for winter.  Home-preserved foods are the highest in nutrition you can get next to fresh, since the crop is taken promptly from garden to kitchen kettle or freezer.

  • Try preserving by freezing when fresh from garden.
  • Store in root crops such as carrots or potatoes in boxes of soil or shredded newspaper in unheated garage or basement.
  • When frost threatens your tomatoes pick them and wrap each one loosely in newspaper – even the green ones will keep ripening for weeks.
  • Dry your own fresh herbs, beans and peas for winter use.

As a consumer you do have power. If you don’t have the means to grow your own foods — buy locally, go to a local farmers market, or get to know your produce manager in your local store. 

Some questions and tips to be asking your local farmer or produce manager:

  • Suggest a supermarket display – one side: chemically grown – the other organically grown. Make sure that they are labeled appropriately.
  • Ask where the food was grown and that the food be labeled according?
  • Do they have a local source for produce and suggest that they try to find one that practices organic methods?
  • When was the crop harvested and how was it transported?
  • If pesticides or herbicides were used – what were they?
  • What preservatives or fungicides were used and what would the shelf life be without those chemicals?

Take your power back and make sure you are providing the healthiest foods for your family whether it is your own organic garden, locally grown, or foods that you buy and  trust are organic and safe.  Organic gardening puts you in charge of a vital part of your food supply. Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, vitamin rich nutrients that are so important to a healthy diet.  You can be sure that you are not eating GMO’s, artificial dyes, preservatives, and toxic pesticides. Most of all you have the peace of mind that you are providing the best for your family,  you know that you are helping the environment, and helping to save our planet. You do have the power to help ensure that our children have a safe and healthy future.

Other Sources:  Rodale’s All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

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10 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With Store Bought Food?”

  1. Robyn Gleason

    Great post, Marla. I’m so thankful for the farmers markets and the year round stores that now carry organic. I definitely find that cooking with seasonal veggies is the way to go. There are some local farmers who also freeze their produce and it’s so nice to have it in the winter months.
    I’d love to share this on Tuesday Tidbits, with your permission and all the appropriate links, of course.:)
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Robyn,
      Thanks and I would be grateful if you did share it. You certainly have my permission.
      I also am grateful for local farmers and organic foods. As much as we would like to it is not usually possible to grow all your own produce.
      I freeze a lot of veggies for the winter and love being able to get them out for a meal.
      Have a healthy happy blessed weekend. Marla

  2. Organic gardening is a great thing, but it does NOT guarantee freedom from toxic chemicals, only lowers the odds. Soil, water, or air may bring contaminants into your garden. That’s why it’s important to advocate for the larger environment as well as our own back yards!

    1. Hi Becca,
      You are correct there is no complete guarantee from chemicals. The world is filled with many contaminants and all we can do is to try to reduce as many toxins as possible and live as healthy as possible. Thank you reading my article and commenting.

  3. dishofdailylife

    I’m all for local organic. We belong to a CSA and I shop at the farmer’s market in town as well. I wish I had frozen more veggies this year. Next year I plan to do that. I still have a little time with corn and the second round of green beans though.

    1. I have done quite more freezing this year than usual. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Having your own local organic foods is great. Have a happy healthy weekend. Marla

  4. Hi Marla,
    I am always amazed when I see people drinking fresh vegetable and fruit juices and eating salads from local shops, salad bars and food carts that are made from non-organic fruits and vegetables.I often wonder if they have any idea what toxins they are ingesting in the name of trying to eat healthier. It is vital to me to eat and serve health-supportive food to my family that is free of GMO’s, artificial dyes, preservatives, and toxic pesticides–that’s why eating organic is best! And yes, growing our own organic produce is one of the best ways to know precisely what you are putting into your body! Thank you so much for sharing this post on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural hop! I appreciate it!

    1. I totally agree Deborah. I think about the same things, but you know you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink and some people aren’t concerned about their health until they have a health problem. I agree that organic or local harvest is truly the best foods and it is so important not to have all those toxic chemicals building up in your body. Have a wonderful healthy day!

    2. Eating organic and local is BEST, but eating fruits and vegetables is still healthier than eating burgers, fries, chips, and soda! When people are hungry and do not have the luxury of going home to cook from scratch using home-grown produce for this particular meal, that does not mean we are oblivious to the risks, don’t care about our health, or are deluded in thinking carrot juice is superior to Coke. Please try to dial down the judgment and realize that consumers demonstrating a demand for fresh produce are helping, not hurting, public health.

      1. Hi Becca,
        Eating organic and local is definitely the best. There is no judgement here. We all just need to do the best we can with the resources we have. I agree that consumers should be wanting fresh produce – I certainly do – not sure I understand exactly what you are referring to, but I am just providing suggestions to help people be able to make the best and healthiest choices possible. Sorry if you somehow feel judged because that is not my intention in any way. Have a healthy happy weekend and again thank you for reading my article and commenting. Marla

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