October 23, 2012

Another Win For Organic Foods

This week, redOrbit posted that the American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report hailing support of organic foods especially for children. My very first blog for redOrbit was about organic foods. I am a proponent of organic foods, and I eat as much organic as I can. The fact that pediatricians have endorsed the goodness of organics makes me so happy. They are supporting healthier, less toxic eating habits. Organic foods may not provide more nutrients than conventional foods, but they do provide less pesticides, and that’s important.

We are bombarded with different chemicals every day. We can’t control some of it. We are exposed to BPA, which is a controversial chemical in plastic, in everything from bottled water to wrapped snack cakes. We spread pesticides on our lawns, spray chemicals in our hair, and find pesticides and chemicals in just about every place we go. Sometimes, we have no choice. But we can control pesticides on fruits and vegetables and even grains, dairy, and meats. We can choose organic in much of our fresh foods.

When we do this, we make a choice to limit our pesticide intake. We also make a choice to support farmers and ranchers who value healthy living. With everything we do, we make a statement whether actively or passively. When we choose organic and discuss why we choose organic, we state that we value a life without pesticides. We become activists for a healthy lifestyle thus we support those who help us to do this. Maybe we can’t control that in all areas of our lives, but we can start by controlling it in fresh produce, grains, dairy, and meats.

If we start choosing foods with less chemicals and pesticides, we stand up for our right not to be bombarded with these products. And if we start in one area, perhaps we can influence other areas. When we choose healthy foods, we support ourselves. And we’re most definitely worth it.

Today, pediatricians across the nation supported healthy kids. They stood up for providing children with less toxins in the form of pesticides and chemicals. If I knew any pediatricians, I would hug their necks right now. Not only are they actively making the statement that organic is better because they have less pesticides, but they are also passively making the statement that we have to start making good choices with our youth. If we teach our children to make healthy choices, those choices will carry on through adulthood. Then they will pass on healthy choices to their children, and so and so forth.

Nothing is more important than making healthy choices. We know from years of studies and reports that children who choose fruit over candy carry less excess weight. Children who drink water instead of soda have better sugar levels and are less likely to have diseases like obesity or diabetes. All of these choices teach children how to create healthy eating habits. Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out in support of one more healthy eating habit: choosing organic.

Maybe this will be the first step toward making organic as affordable as conventional foods. Maybe this will be the first step toward creating a generation who makes healthier food choices. And maybe, just maybe, we are moving toward foods with less chemicals, pesticides, and toxins. That’s worth celebrating.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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