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Is Organic Food Worth the Money?

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April 01, 2024 | NATIONAL Dee Dee DiMino, Correspondent

Let’s say you have a choice between purchasing an organic apple that costs one dollar and a non-organic apple that costs twenty-five cents; how would you decide which has more value to you?  

A true, organic apple is traditionally grown—pure, unprocessed, free of chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, synthetic, artificial additives, industrial solvents and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). This is the way an apple is meant to be, the way our ancestors enjoyed it. 

Through the use of harmful chemicals and procedures as mentioned above, the non-organic apple is stripped of most of its nutritional value. These unhealthy chemicals and procedures invite bad bacteria into the body, causing poor gut health and many diseases. 

Let’s talk about GMOs. Genetic engineering is a massive human experiment, and the health risks are enormous. GMOs are in 80% of processed foods. A seed is injected so it will grow big and fast. The surrounding ground is then sprayed with pesticides to keep bugs away. Once the plant grows, more pesticides are used. This GMO process changes the DNA of the produce, and along with the other chemical fertilizers used, are located in the cell of the produce, where neither can be washed off. GMOs poke holes in our gut, causing bacteria to leak into our bloodstream and brain. Studies show that when an insect bites into a GMO-altered plant, its stomach explodes almost immediately. So, imagine what it is doing to us. Some health issues caused by GMOs are asthma, auto immune deficiency, infertility, allergies, organ damage—What? Organ damage? 

Now, let’s talk about one of the synthetic chemicals used in non-organic foods called glyphosate. This is a genetically engineered herbicide meant to kill weeds. In many cases, doctors do not know the symptoms of when we ingest GMOs, glyphosate, and other pesticides like these; so they just treat the symptoms. Some issues caused by glyphosate are poor digestion, asthma, cancers, skin irritation, and many other ailments that some in the medical field consider part of the normal aging process. 

Claims are made that GMOs, glyphosate, and other chemicals like these, have no impact on the environment and are perfectly safe for us to ingest. Yet, there are lawyers on television constantly encouraging us to file lawsuits against the makers of these products, listing  bunches of diseases they may have caused when used. 

Even if not genetically modified, conventional foods sprayed with chemical fertilizers, in any amount, cannot be considered clean. These chemicals keep accumulating in our organs. If you grew a tomato plant at home, would you spray it with chemical fertilizers and pesticides and then give it to your kids or eat it yourself? Not likely! Then why would we think it is okay to buy it from the supermarket that way?

Now that we are becoming more aware, we should eat organic foods as often as we possibly can. Read the PLU (Price Look Up) sticker on the product. If it has 5 digits and starts with a ‘9’, it is an organic product. If it has 4 digits and starts with a ‘3’ or ‘4’, it is a conventional product. If it has 5 digits and starts with an ‘8’, it is a GMO product. Be aware that ‘8’ is not often used by many vendors anymore. You might have to investigate further.

Just simply start where you are by switching from non-organic to organic foods. Yes! Organic foods are more expensive. However, wouldn’t you prefer enjoying foods that are healthier for you rather than spending your money on trying to regain your health from unhealthy foods? You choose.

Dee Dee DiMino 

Health Coach & Educator Awakening to Wellness, LLC 



(Views Expressed Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of 1st Responder News.)


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