Over the last couple years living in the twin cities there has been a very obvious rise in interest and popularity of organic foods that I've noticed. I remember hearing through friends and acquaintances about the supposed health benefits of 'going organic' as well as their minimal impact on the environment compared to other more destructive methods of raising food for mass consumption. Eventually, as the popularity of such a lifestyle began to grow, many corporations would catch on and develop their own lines of organic products such as Target's Archer Farms to cash in on the phenomenon. Even Wal-Mart has announced that they will begin offereing organic foods! You can hardly go anywhere in the city now without seeing or hearing something about 'going green' or 'going organic.'
"Currently, organic food is a 14 billion dollar business, expected to grow to 23 billion dollars in the next several years. They continue to increase in popularity not only because they do not contain the toxins found in conventionally grown foods but because of their nutritional value." (www.whfoods.org)
Is it just a new marketing strategy or is there actually something to this. It took me a while to actually look into the whole craze after repeatedly blowing it off as another fashion trend, or something for someone in the know to brag about. I've made my rounds at various farmers markets in the cities and admit feeling a bit self-contented knowing that I was choosing to give my business to local growers rather than big corporations. I began to look into the health benefits of these organic foods and green diets and was amazed at what I found. Besides organic foods' lack of pesticides, chemicals, hormones, and anti-biotics they have recently been found to be nutritionally superior to conventionally grown foods.
A review of 41 studies comparing the nutritional value of organically to conventionally grown fruits, vegetables and grains, also indicates organic crops provide substantially more of several nutrients, including:
* 27% more vitamin C
* 21.1% more iron
* 29.3% more magnesium
* 13.6% more phosphorus (www.whfoods.org)
After stumbling across the Gerson Therapy by way of a documentary on PBS, and through further research, I was astonished at what organic fruits and vegetables can do for one's health when taken to the extreme. There are countless documented examples of how Gerson's therapy (including drinking the fresh juices of organic fruits and vegitables) has cured cancer, diabetes, heart disease and almost any other chronic degenerative and autoimmune disease. I highly recommend watching "Dying to Have Known," a documentary on the healing effects of an all natural diet as an introduction to the benefits of organic foods.