Defining Organic

Written by Lauren Buser | Media by Thomas Hajny


The end of the year is coming fast, and in the back of everyone’s mind are those New Year’s Resolutions. Most resolutions are along the lines of getting healthier. Eating organic is a surefire way to get your health headed in a positive direction. But what are the first steps in creating an organic diet?


Organic is defined as food that is grown without artificial fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. The USDA has strict guidelines on organic foods. A food isn’t even considered organic unless it’s 95% organically produced.  This is because genetically modified foods have just begun to undergo testing for harmful factors to human health.  Organic foods are free of pesticide use, which in turn frees the food from neurotoxins.  Neurotoxins can affect the brain and nerve cells, so it seems like an easy choice.  So, why is it that so many people have trouble deciding if they’d like to go organic or not?   Well, simply put, organic food is way more expensive.  This is because it takes longer to grow a small crop, and the outcome of growing organic is not as consistent.  Here are 11 things that are the best to start buying organic.  Interestingly enough, a few of these organic items aren’t foods, they’re products used to contain, cook, and clean:

Top 11 Things to Buy Organic:

  • Beef
  • Strawberries
  • Cookware
  • Popcorn
  • Yard Pesticides
  • All Purpose Cleaning Products
  • Water Bottles
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Milk
  • Celery
  • Tomato Sauce


If you don’t know where to start on your organic journey, start by changing only a few things that you purchase at the same time.  Don’t get yourself caught up in a whirlwind of expenses due to food.  The best way to become organic is to create a budget and start small.

Reasons to Make the Switch:

  • Fewer health risks from industrial chemicals
  • Increases your vitamins and minerals
  • Better for children
  • Protects you from breast cancer
  • Better for the environment
  • Pesticides are making us fat
  • Reduce farm pollution
  • Protect future generations
  • Build healthy soil
  • Tastes better

There is no reason to be fearful of switching to a choice that is more natural and just makes more sense.  There are so many risks with artificially grown, flavored, and dyed foods in today’s society, there is no reason not to take the safest route for you and your family.  Start now! Go organic one step at a time!


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