I Like It Because It’s Organic!!!

Organic food has become a large staple in American grocery stores over the past few years, in conjunction with the seemingly growing population of people wanting to better their health or “be fit”. Now, I’m not bashing on the people who eat organic foods or go to the gym, or both, as I am one who does do both.

Well instead of liking something because it’s organic, why not like it because it could save you potential health problems in the future. Ever hear of preventative maintenance? True, organic foods must be grown without pesticides, synthetic hormones and antibiotics. But what does that mean for humans and ultimately the environment?

What does that even mean?

Let me be the first to advocate eating organic foods. In today’s society we are exposed to countless chemicals without even knowing when, where, why or the health implications these chemicals can have on our bodies.

Take the ingredients list on something as common as Top Ramen. I personally love the salt induced coma I get set into after eating a package or two of these little bricks of fake, dehydrated ramen noodles. Yes I said two, don’t judge me. But the fact that I can eat two packages of ramen isn’t the point here.

Sorry to ruin people’s day with this, but this loss of a day could add on a few for you with the lack of chemicals that cause cancer or stomach or liver and kidney problems running through your bloodstream. So you’re welcome.

Because it has like chemicals and stuff. I don’t know…

Ever read the back of a package of Top Ramen? I could barely pronounce some of the ingredients listed there, not to mention never having heard of them before. Disodium Guanylate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate and Calcium Silicate(1) are just a few of the ingredients in these lovely noodle blocks and yet for how many people buy Top Ramen; mainly broke college kids and the guy who lives in his mom’s basement playing World of Warcraft at age Forty, you’d think if they weren’t all that bad for us maybe we’d actually hear about these food preservatives, fertilizers and pesticides.

*Insert shady chemical company spokesman here * “Well Calcium Silicate is pretty awesome because not only is it a great anti-caking agent, but it is also used in COMMERCIAL INSULATION!!(2)

Sound like something you want to put in your body now? Didn’t think so.

But like what’s the deal with chemicals?

Now that I’ve finished my rant, back to the topic of organic foods and what they mean for us and the environment.

There are an insane amount of chemicals that go into producing non-organic food, many of which we have no real idea the implications to our health over the long term. Can’t forget about pesticides, fertilizers, and even varnishes that cover the food in our grocery stores. And if you sit and think about it, with all the chemicals touching your food, being eaten by you, and accumulating in your body is it worth it in the long run to not buy organic foods?

Granted the FDA has to deem something to be “safe” in order for it to be approved for use on food, but that in itself is a subjective judgement. And we all know from history that judgement can be bought.

There is a huge lack of research on what these chemicals do to the human body, although there are many studies that show effects on lab rats. For the most part these studies induce the mice or rats with large doses of the chemical to see any adverse effects over a short period of time.

The problem I have with this method is this. When would a human consume this chemical in equal proportions to the dosages given to rats? Usually that wouldn’t happen, but what about steady consumption over time? Hooray for bioaccumulation!!!

Humans are creatures of habit, what if someone’s habit was to eat Top Ramen every night for dinner over the course of their college career, the average now being five years. Over the course of those five years how much of that chemical did that person consume and does the concentration of the chemical in their body now affect their chances of getting cancer or organ problems? I’m no doctor but last I heard, carcinogens can cause cancer, and a lotttt of the things touching our foods before we do, contain carcinogens.

They’re like good for the environment or something I guess.

Another major benefit for the environment when using organic farming methods is the lack of chemicals and fertilizers, namely phosphates and nitrates, that are leached into the environment due to leaching or runoff.

I’m sure some of us at least have heard of the Flint water crisis, now keep in mind this incident is not agriculture related, the city of Flint’s water quality has declined due to lead pollution from corroded pipelines. However, the principle of water pollution persists, as does soil, air, and watershed pollution.

Farmers often over fertilize or pesticide their farms in an effort to maintain or increase yields. A valiant cause, however, the unseen side effects of over using these products could be more disastrous than helpful.

Chemicals that go unabsorbed must go somewhere, and they don’t just disappear into a black hole unfortunately. The place these chemicals go, is exactly where you think they’d go. Into the topsoil, eventually making their way down to bedrock and the aquifers below; a portion of these chemicals are actually vaporized and released into the atmosphere as well.(3)

Oh yeah that makes sense!!

With that knowledge bomb dropped on you I can only hope I’ve persuaded you to at least consider eating organic foods. If you are the type of person who doesn’t pay attention to this sort of thing, don’t do it for yourself. Do it for your (potential) children, the people around you, and ultimately for the place we all call home, Earth.

Fooducate. (2011, June 10). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://www.fooducate.com/app#!page=product&id=D88892F0-E10D-11DF-A102-FEFD45A4D471 (1)

Calcium Silicate. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from https://www.jm.com/en/building-materials/industrial-insulation/calcium-silicate/ (2)

Muir, P. (2012, October 29). 1. EUTROPHICATION. Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://people.oregonstate.edu/~muirp/eutrophi.htm (3)

The Organic Seal. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/organic-seal (Image #1)

Maruchan Ramen Beef Flavor. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://www.ramenplace.com/maruchan-ramen-beef-flavor.html (Image #2)

No more experiments. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://themetapicture.com/no-more-experiments/ (Image #3)

Eartheasy. (n.d.). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from http://learn.eartheasy.com/2011/10/7-ways-organic-farms-outperform-conventional-farms/ (Image #4)

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