Eating is perhaps the single most important act for one’s physical and spiritual health. The nourishment that food provides to the body’s tissues forms a foundation for nourishment of the mind and emotions. The body stays in good health when it receives organic foods it needs to maintain vitality, and these nutrients come from the food we eat.
As spring begins to bloom (yes, really – someday the snow will melt) we will begin to see more bounty in the fruit and vegetables that are available to us. And as we work to make the best choices at the market, I wanted to make sure that you were all aware of the “Dirty Dozen” and the importance of eating organically. Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group http://www.foodnews.org/ which provides a shopper’s guide to pesticides, and the 15 fruits and vegetables that are the most important to choose organically. The website provides an iphone app and a downloadable shopper’s guide.
I have long been a proponent of eating organic, locally grown foods. Not only do organic fruits and veggies generally taste better, but they often have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals. This is an interesting article on why we should eat more organic food: http://www.organicconsumers.org/organlink.cfm
Local and organic food will contain the essence that is needed for optimal health and that may be missing in so many processed, denatured, and imported foods. At the same time, it produces a sustainable local economy, thus maintaining a healthy community.
Happy organic eating everyone!