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The 3 Most Important Foods to Eat Organic

The 3 Most Important Foods to Eat Organic

For many people, switching to an all-organic diet is simply not practical or possible. And I completely understand this. So, if a person can’t keep an entirely organic household, what organic foods should they buy? My Top 3 Most Important Foods to Eat Organic 1) MILK If you have kids, organic milk should be the […]

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For many people, switching to an all-organic diet is simply not practical or possible. And I completely understand this.

So, if a person can’t keep an entirely organic household, what organic foods should they buy?

My Top 3 Most Important Foods to Eat Organic

1) MILK If you have kids, organic milk should be the absolute number one priority for the entire household. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that the children are drinking organic milk.

Artificial bovine growth hormones (rBST) are injected into approximately 20% of all U.S. dairy cows in order to increase milk production, and industry studies by consultants report that this hormone is safe for both the cows and consumers.

Yet, Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and an international leading authority on the causes and prevention of cancer, says these studies were not only paid for by Monsanto and others but that that these claims are “blatantly false.”

Dr. Epstein, an author of several books including “What’s In Your Milk”, warns that:

– rBST makes cows sick. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on the label of Posilac, the rBST product that when administered to cows makes them produce more milk. Monsanto’s Posilac product was acquired by Eli Lilly in 2008.

– rBST milk is contaminated by pus, due to mastitis, an infection of the udder commonly induced by the hormone, and also by antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.

– rBST milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.

– Milk from cows injected with rBST is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the gut into the blood of people who consume this milk or products made from it.

The bodies of young children are still developing and they need to have the safest, most nutritious milk available — organic milk.

Growth hormones, or rBST, are forbidden in organic milk.

If I were a parent, I would want to know if the milk that is served in my child’s school contains growth hormones or not.

2) MEAT If you haven’t seen Food, Inc yet, please do so and then you’ll understand why it is #2 on my list.

One of the major agricultural atrocities in this country is the existence of Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFOs). Animals are raised in the most inhumane, despicable way possible and are given antibiotics in order to ward off illnesses that the housing conditions are sure to cause.

Organic meat comes from animals who are not given growth hormones or antibiotics, and in my view, is the best meat you can buy.

3) FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH PEEL/SKIN Non-organic fruits and vegetables are allowed to be sprayed with synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.

Fruits and vegetables where you eat the skin, such as grapes, strawberries and spinach, are the foods that should be purchased organic.

The rind or peel on organic oranges, bananas and avocados does provide some protection from chemicals. However, by no means does it provide 100% protection or anything close.

Also, do not be fooled into thinking that you can buy a fruit and vegetable wash, even the best one on the market by Vermont Soap Organics, and think that you can simply wash off pesticides from conventionally-grown produce. It absolutely won’t happen.

Pesticides have penetrated the exterior and are deep inside of the food.

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I hope this post has been helpful and if you have any questions, please leave them below.

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8 Comments

  • alessandro sarno says:

    Thank you for this very explanatory article. Will never ever eat meat coming from those kind of farms. I think it shouldn’t be matter of a choice but The Government should ban meats coming form animals raised and treated that way. THEY MUST PUT HIGHER STANDARDS.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Alessandro,

      Glad it was useful to you.

      The problem with our government is that it is very, very influenced by industry and it puts profits ahead of the health/well-being of its citizens.

      Live well,
      Max

  • NYFarmer says:

    Milk does not have antibiotics in it. I have been a dairy farmer for some 40 years now. It would be a violation of the law to ship milk that has antibiotics residues in it. Every single load is tested for antibiotics every single time milk leaves the farm. If a farmer were caught shipping milk with a positive antibiotics residue, there are extremely stiff financial penalties. You PAY for an entire half a trailer load of milk that has to be dumped if tested positive for antibiotics. This would be at least 25,000 pounds of milk. One Amish farmer in our area was caught shipping milk with an antibiotics residue and is working out a payment plan that will take years. As a cheesemaker, I can tell you that milk does NOT have antibiotics in it…or the cheese cultures would not work. Thus, dairy cows are not fed subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics, this would be completely illegal. Here is what antibiotics are used for on dairy farms. If a cow is sick: pneumonia, fever, infection, mastitis (inflammation of the udder), she can be given antibiotics. All antibiotics have proper withholding time listed on their labels. Veterinarians also provide the farmers on antibiotics withholding time. A super positive advancement has also been the development of and the growing popularity of antibiotics testing available for us on the farm. (Thank the practical Dutch for developing this on-farm lab procedure). So every farmer these days has access to on-farm antibiotics testing at their own farm or a neighbors. I travel with my veterinarian sister on farm calls. So many times, I have seen the miracle of a suffering or down cow treated with an antibiotic. If any of you readers go with me and see a calf struggling to breathe, dying of pneumonia, I guarantee you that you would be demanding immediate treatment with one of the more modern antibiotics designed for bovine pneumonia.
    Organic farmers also use antibiotics. Their code requires that if an animal is suffering and antibiotics are the most effective way of helping the animal, then they do it. The difference between organic and non-organic dairy herds, is that the organic dairy farmer must then get rid of the cow. This is where I disagree. My philosophy is to dump the milk, not the cow. Our cows are members of the family, we keep them for as long as we can. We have had many live well into old age, living out their lives on the farm.
    Sorry this got so long, but there is a lot of information out there in the world of dairy science, just as there is in any field of endeavor. If you want to know more, please just ask me. Thanks a lot. Lorraine

  • Luis says:

    Very interesting Max, I find this explanation, on a product by product basis, more useful, honest and relevant than the whole organic movement as a whole. I hope I can also see you in the future reporting with the same information balance about the cases where organic milk has caused toxic effects given the absent of pharmaceutical drugs to control livestock deseases.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Luis,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      I don’t know what you are referring to when say that organic milk has caused toxic effects given the absent of pharmaceutical drugs. Please explain.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Great article, Max! How we ever got to this state of things, I’ll never know. I find it unbelievable that the idea of routinely giving hormones and antibiotics to livestock ever got off the ground. I hope consumers will stop buying these products and tell their supermarket managers why.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Jean,

      Thanks so much! Yes, it is amazing that we got to this point we’re at now — I completely agree.

      It is now up to consumers to get educated about the food in the market and vote with their dollars. Eating well and eating organic is so critical for our health.

      Much appreciated!

      Live well,
      Max

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