With groundbreaking books like Carson’s Silent Spring, and Pollan’s work on food and nutrition, there has been a drastic recent rise in general concern over where our food comes from and how it’s grown. Orgаnіс fооd іѕ touted as some of the healthiest and most beneficial food to eat, cook for your family, and grow yourself – and with good reason.
Benefits of Growing Organic Vegetables
There are countless reasons why many people are choosing to grow organic vegetables, many of which center around personal health and environmental causes; plus, organic food simply tastes better.
One benefit of growing organic vegetables is the lack of harmful pesticides. Even after washing our non-organic fruits from the store, harmful pesticides are often still on our foods. We get these pesticides on our hands, spread across our counters, and even onto our clothes. Not to mention that these harmful pesticides end up in our mouths and inside our bodies.
You may be shocked to learn that apples are actually one of the most pesticide-heavy products in our homes. Studies have shown that even after washing an apple for 10 seconds under cold water (more than a typical apple-eater might do), it still has harmful pesticides.
Growing organic vegetables is about re-establishing balance between pests, our gardens, and the ecosystem. Growing organic vegetables greatly reduces the risks of harmful pesticides and other chemicals on our foods and in our homes. With organic gardening, benign ingredients like pepper, rubbing alcohol, and a little bit of dish soap can keep plants healthy and thriving. A quick rinse and a little scrub under the faucet will ensure that your favorite foods are safe and nutritious to eat.
Lastly, chemicals in many pesticides have been linked to life-threatening and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and breast cancer.
Growing organic vegetables is beneficial for your health in many, many ways. First of all, because you can grow your own organic vegetables naturally in your own backyard or on your patio, you know everything that’s going into what you’re putting on your plate. This reduces stress in worrying about how your food was grown and prepared. Even more valuably, stress and anxiety have been known to decrease when people begin gardening. Unwinding after a stressful day at work by digging in the garden, fawning over those tomatoes, and stretching your hose across the yard can be tremendously beneficial. Another critical impact of growing organic vegetables is the exercise. Whether you’re knocking caterpillars off your plants’ leaves, sprinkling pepper, or getting your knees dirty while you weed, growing organic vegetables can be a good source of low-impact exercise.
The biggest perk of growing organic vegetables by far is that they just taste better. As you’ll see when you sit down for dinner, or pop a cherry tomato into your mouth this summer, organic will refreshingly light up your taste buds.
There are numerous health benefits to growing organic vegetables, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of harvesting your own natural, pesticide-free crops. Though it may take more work in growing an organic garden, the benefits to your health (and your palette) are well worth the effort.