Eating organic has become the new wave of the 21st century. There are so many organic options we can choose from including organic meats, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and even candy! The value of retail sales of organic food is estimated to surpass the $35 billion mark in 2012. And, according to the Food Marketing Institute, more than half of Americans now buy organic food at least twice a month.
Many grocery stores are now even launching their OWN organic food brands. For instance, Target offers two of their own natural brand selections, called Archer Farms and Market Pantry. Your favorite local grocery store is most likely offering their own organic food brands too. Meijer, a supermarket chain in my area, launched their own organic food brand in 2009 calling for a strict set of rules to label a food natural, including no genetically modified organisms, no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, no added hydrogenated oils or trans-fats, no artificial food coloring, flavoring or preservatives. The next time you’re food shopping check out the organic section. You’re bound to find organic products you’ll love.
Still not been swayed to become an organic foodie? Take a look at these reasons to live an organic lifestyle!
Reasons to Eat Organic
- It’s healthier. Organic food is healthier than non-organic food. It contains higher levels of vitamin c, essential minerals such as calcium and iron, and cancer fighting agents.
- It reduces your toxin intake. There are no nasty additives or pesticides to organic foods. Many of these toxins have been linked to cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
- It protects Animals. Organic farming standards prohibit the use of antibiotics and growth hormones in farm animals. Animal welfare is taken very seriously under organic standards.
- It protects our Earth. Organic food helps to nourish our Earth’s soil. It prevents chemicals in our water supply and helps to keep the Earth healthy.
- It protects our Economy. For every $1 billion in retail sales of organic products, 21,000 more jobs are created throughout the economy.
- There are no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in organic food. Organic food is free of GMO’s that have been linked to antibiotic resistance and food allergies.
- It’s cheaper – in the long run. Organic food is cheaper then conventionally produced foods. Organic food saves money through chemical regulation and testing, environmental damage, and hazardous chemical waste disposal (and no need to go to the Doctor due to your healthy eating!)
- It tastes Better. Organic food just tastes better and healthier. If you don’t believe me give it a try!
So 20-somethings… do you eat organic? And if not, did I convince you too? I hope so!