You don’t take drugs, you don’t breath in when walking by a smoker, you wear a seatbelt when you’re in the car, and you wear sunscreen when out in the sun – all because you know the risks.
Does this sound like you?

We all take precautions to protect our health. So why would you not spend a few extra dollars to eat organic? Here are a few of my thoughts on the matter.

In my earlier years, I used to assume that the term ‘organic’ only referred to vegetables and how they are treated or sprayed with chemicals (I was very wrong and I will cover this in a later post). Animals such as cows, chicken and sheep simply did not evolve to consume merely grains. Just like humans they need a balanced diet to stay healthy or they will be malnourished and get sick. A lot of grain fed animals are treated with antibiotics and injected with hormones to make them grow bigger and faster. When the meat, eggs or milk is consumed these toxic mixes of chemicals build up in the consumer’s body.

Health professions are beginning to find that antibiotics given to patients are no longer as effective as even five years ago. It is believed that because we are eating meat that has been given courses of antibiotics our bodies have built up an immunity to it’s lifesaving benefits.

Next time you are out doing your shopping ask your butcher if their meat is organic. Even better if it is locally sourced, cutting emissions and supporting local farmers. Just because the chicken breasts are bigger does not mean they are better (good analogy for life I say).. in fact, bigger usually means the animal was pumped with hormones and probably lived a rather miserable life in a shed. Ensure that the meat products you are buying are fresh. Sometimes businesses are sneaky and magically store things for months before putting it up for sale. I’d eat meat 3-4 days a week. I love it, but it can be quite expensive and it is possible to create healthy hearty meals with out it.

8 things to think about next time you are looking to buy meat, milk, eggs or yoghurt:
• Is it organic?
• Have the animals been treated fairly?
• How far has it travelled to reach the shelf?
• Do I need this much?
• How much waste will this product produce?
• Am I buying it because it is cheap or am I better off spending a bit more and enjoy the experience more?
• Am I supporting local farmers or big business by buying this product?
• Is it fresh? Or has it been in storage or a freezer for months?

I over heard a man the other day say “by expanding your pallet, you expand you mind.” By challenging yourself with trying new ingredients you will find creative ways of crafting delicious meals. Buy Organic for your health, the health of the earth and for our little farm friends.

-Eddi