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Harmful Plastic Containers Create Dilemma for Organic Food Eaters

Harmful Plastic Containers Create Dilemma for Organic Food Eaters

As organic food eaters, we are very concerned about what we put into our bodies. We don’t want to eat genetically-modified food and we don’t want to eat food laced with toxic pesticides. Yet, it goes beyond simply buying organic. Why? Because much of the organic food that we purchase comes in cans or plastic […]

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As organic food eaters, we are very concerned about what we put into our bodies. We don’t want to eat genetically-modified food and we don’t want to eat food laced with toxic pesticides. Yet, it goes beyond simply buying organic. Why?

Because much of the organic food that we purchase comes in cans or plastic (containers, bottles, wrappers or bags), which contain Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and PCV (polyvinyl chloride). These chemicals are hormone disruptors and may lead to fertility issues, cancer, impaired brain function, obesity and other problems.

I certainly acknowledge that plastics are harmful to my body and have taken steps to avoid them. I don’t buy food in cans anymore, and I carry glass water bottles to work each day instead of buying bottled water or drinking from the Poland Springs cooler. Not only is my water quadruple-filtered (from the tap) and has a superior taste but the Poland Springs water comes in 5-gallon plastic bottles.

In The Huffington Post this morning, there was a good article talking about this very issue and asking the question: Is food packaging impacting our health?

It talks about a recent study where families, who switched to a diet composed of foods with absolutely no plastic or wrappers, reduced their BPA levels by 50% in three days.  So, the good news is that we can make positive changes to lower the amount of toxicity levels in our body.

The article also talks about good strategies to avoid plastics, many of which, but not all, I do.

So, the dilemma that it creates for organic food eaters is this. How far do we go and how much energy do we expend to have zero exposure to GMO, pesticides AND plastics in our food?

Believe me, it is a lot. It requires a lot of energy and requires us to change our behavior, not an easy thing to do.

I still eat food that comes in plastic and will probably continue to do so to some small extent. It just may be impossible to eliminate it 100%.

Nevertheless, I am going to make a very concerted effort to keep cutting down my exposure to plastic.

The only thing that we can do is the best that we can and not let this dilemma become a source of stress. Stress is probably just as or more harmful than any organic food product that comes in a plastic wrapper.

 

 


6 Comments

  • Ms Wero says:

    Hello and thank you for your post! But I don´t think it is such a big dilemma! Don´t buy processed food! There is no need for any packaging for fruit, vegetables and many other organic food. There is no need for plastic packaging for many other food, if you eat them: eggs, flour, bread, chocolate (even raw powder), tea, coffee etc. With healthy non processed food, we don´t need many plastics. With the food coming from our neighborhood, we need them even less. Make your own beverages from fresh fruits, or buy them in glass (actually I really can´t remind of any organic beverage or jam packaged in plastics, all are in returnable glass). Use bio plastics (starch plastics), made from corn etc., if it is necessary! Every organic consumer must know after all, it has even much better qualities than the real plastics – food stays in it for longer time, more healthy, etc. Use them responsibly, because of course, corns must be planted for it, but use it, if it is really necessary, it is still better than real plastics. And what organic food comes really in plastic packages? Yogurts: you can make them easily at home, it is much cheaper and effective especially when you have children. Flakes: they are not healthy (the corn is free of everything what´s healthy in it), but if you really think you must have them, you can also make them at home in their much healthier versions, again especially your children will love the pieces of various dry fruits mixed with nuts etc., but you will need a special mill for corn, or you can at least push producers to sell them in bioplast or paper. Pasta: unhealthy fastfood, not necessary. What else from organic food comes in plastics? Some processed food – sauces, candies… not many. And it is all. I write from Europe. Is the situation different in U.S.A.?

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Ms. Wero,

      There is no doubt that we can reduce the amount of packaging/plastic we use by buying in bulk and buying only whole foods. Yet, for many people who don’t have easy access to farmers markets on a regular basis or really good organic markets that sell in bulk, completely avoiding plastic is practically impossible in the U.S.

      Thanks for your good suggestions.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Marciyah says:

    Hi,

    I just wrote to a well known company asking them why they are producing organic coconut in plastic. It is very ironic, and it just dawned on me today. Even my supplements are in plastic bottles. This is a little depressing because it seems to defeat the object or wanting to eat toxic free yet purchasing foods in toxic materials.

    Oh well, more doses of cilantro in my green juices I suppose. 🙂

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Hello Max,

    Thank you for posting. I am on the same page as you.

    All the best,
    stephanie

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Great to hear and it does pose a real dilemma for us.

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Live well,
      Max

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