Reader Question: The Youth of the Nation

by Ashley on July 21, 2011

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Reader Question:

I’ve heard mixed things about going organic. Particularly, I’ve heard SOME things should be organic (milk/berries/other things you eat the skins) but some things don’t have to be (bananas/melons/other things with thick skins you don’t eat). Would you agree with this statement, or should I be buying EVERYTHING organic?

Also, when I’m buying chicken, some advertises “hormone and steroid free.” When I do online research, I find that the FDA requires all US chicken to be hormone and steroid free– so that doesn’t seem like a huge feat… However, I also always see “organic” chicken– which is twice as expensive. Can you summarize the difference for me, between organic and hormone/steroid free, and tell me if I need to be buying the expensive organic meats?

I’ve never been great at picking out appropriate foods, but I’ve been keeping everything (including pastas, crackers, fruits/veggies, yogurts, meats) all organic for my 11 month old son. We’re going to switch over to family meals soon, where he’ll eat the same things we eat, and I need to know how to prepare our food. I know it’s important for all of us to eat right, but most importantly, to me, I want to be sure we’re doing things correctly for him.

Hi Reader!

Thanks for your question.  You make so many great points.

To answer your first question, should we buy everything organic?  If money allows you to than sure, why not? Unfortunately for most of us, that is not the case.  Check out the dirty dozen produce list and always buy those things organic, however the other things, like I said, if money allows (except for your son).  The sad thing is that we can’t just wash this stuff off; I wish it were that easy.

Here’s a scary fact: the companies that made the insecticides that killed the Jews in Auschwitz in Germany, are the same producers that make the pesticides that are sprayed on all non-organic, conventional produce. 

However, I will say, that regardless of your financial situation, I believe that if nothing else, please, please, please buy all dairy products organic: that’s milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, etc.  Non-organic dairy is pumped full of hormones, which will enter our bodies immediately upon consumption; keeping unnecessary weight off is hard enough on our own, much less when were unintentionally consuming steroids.

The cows that produce conventional milk are now required to produce 20 times their normal milk supply, how unnatural is that?  Imagine if we did that to the mothers of this country.  If this isn’t an option, I strongly suggest that you switch to any type of nondairy milk, such as almond milk, which has 50% more calcium than cow’s milk anyway.

The chickens that produce conventional eggs are pumped with antibiotics, which are then passed on to the eggs.  Over time, when we consume these eggs along with the antibiotics (unintentionally), this can cause our own bodies to become immune to antibiotics: not working when we truly need them to.

On to question number two: organic chicken versus hormone/steroid free chicken.  This is definitely tricky.  What in the world is the difference?  Thankfully, the USDA does prohibit farmers to use growth hormones on any chicken or pork, however the difference in the two is still important.  Organic chickens have been fed organic feed (not containing ground up animal parts, thankfully), also feed that doesn’t contain chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, etc., therefore these dangerous additives (and random animal parts) will not reach us.  Organic chicken is also naturally whiter in color (because the chickens are healthier), therefore, it doesn’t have to be pumped with colorings (to make up for the lack of) or salt solutions to add weight to its size to ultimately rip you off at the supermarket.  And also, organic chicken was most likely treated more humanely, if that matters to you at all.

Because children are so vulnerable, this is a time when organic matters most.  Research shows that pesticide use is the most proven cause of childhood leukemia.  We face so many problems today: cancer, infertility, PCOS, thyroid issues, Autism, ADHD, obesity, and arthritis, just to list a few, all with no explanation or proven cause.  It’s time that we quit trusting others when it comes to our health and take matters into our own hands.  Obviously no one else cares if our child is autistic or if our children can’t focus at school or if we have to live a life of pain because of some disease that “just happen to develop;” therefore, we are the only ones that can bring about change.  Demand organic, cheap organic.  Ask for it.  Let them know that we want it, and that we want it to become the norm.

Children are the future of this country and our world: it’s up to us to protect them! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you again!  I hope this information helps you!

Jessica July 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

Hi! I love your blog! I am slowly but surely transforming my diet into what it should be. I’m loving my green monster in the morning, but I get a bit lost on getting in my “9” and eating what I should throughout the rest of the day. Could you post a day (or a few days) of a normal diet for you? I’m especially interested in vegetarian/vegan dinner recipes!

Ashley Harper Evans July 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

Most definitely! I was actually going to do that soon… a friend of mine just requested that too! That’s awesome that you’re getting yourself to a healthy place…I love to when people are making changes for the better! Look for a post sometime next week!

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