I love our garden and going to the farmer’s markets. Fresh produce and the fun of gardening and shopping for it are some of my favorite parts of summer.

Our great-great-grandparents subsisted on a completely organic diet! Think about this: modern  farming methods that involve the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides simply did not exist back then.

Over the last century, our farming practices (hence our FOOD) have changed, however our bodies and our genetics have not.

We can’t expect to fuel our bodies and achieve optimal health by eating food, laced with toxic chemicals, that our bodies don’t recognize.

Growing your own food or buying from chemical free local farmers is our best choice. Second best is buying organic as often as possible.

The most important food to buy organic are your meats, poultry and dairy.

Non-organic meats, poultry and dairy are full of antibiotics and hormones. Animals raised for the purpose of providing certified organic meats and dairy are not allowed to eat any food which has been treated with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, sewage sludge or radiation. Their food sources cannot contain any preservatives, additives or GMO’s.

Organic produce is more nutritious.

The most important produce to buy organically are :apples, celery, berries, spinach, nectarines, peaches, grapes, peppers, potatoes and greens.

The least important are: onions, corn, asparagus, peas, pineapple, eggplant, melons, cabbage, grapefruit and mushrooms.

Stop in to the office and pick up our handy card to take with you to the grocery or farmer’s market with all the above info on it.

And did you know that organic farming is good for the earth?

Organic farmers use rotation, companion planting, and animal manure in place of synthetic fertilizers, weed killers, and pesticides to control pests and maintain the quality and integrity of the soil.

In 2000 the National Water Quality Inventory concluded that pollution from agriculture in the United States is the largest factor affecting the water quality of rivers and lakes. v

In review:

You and your family will be healthier by eating local and organic foods.

The earth will be healthier by eating local and organic foods.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

Don’t you agree?

Dr. Julia Keiser  

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