Imagine picking fresh, ripe strawberries right off the vine. You wipe off the dirt to reveal the prize; they’re plump, they’re juicy, and they’re going to help you create the golden fleece of fruit salad.
Then, right before you bite into the freshness, someone comes by and pours chemicals all over the berries. Would you still eat them? What if I told you that you have been contaminated by produce most of your life?
Unfortunately, after World War II, farmers began using soils that were filled with harsh chemicals that were to be used to repel insects and rodents; however, what they didn’t know was that these chemicals in the dirt were also depleting the nutrients in the produce! This depletion means that our food isn’t giving us the proper amount of nutrients per caloric intake, resulting in a deficit of protein, calcium, potassium, iron, and many more.
Not only that, but research shows that these types of chemically-filled dirt also affect our planet- the greenhouse gases in these soils are dramatically increased, causing much higher emissions of CO2 and Methane.
In response to this disparity, a lot of farmers are adopting organic practices into their farming techniques, such as using all-natural soils and compost. Although these organic foods tend to be pricier, the overall benefit to your body (especially us health nuts out there) is priceless. Along with that, the impact on the environment with this type of organic farming is much smaller, leaving a less noticeable carbon footprint and helping our beautiful earth in the long run!
If spending the extra few dollars on organic foods (which can easily add up!) is not in your budget, perhaps supplementing the nutrients with a multivitamin or immunity booster can help your overall health, keeping your body and wallet happy.
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