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Top 10 Reasons To Go Organic

Apr 15, 2015

So, what’s the real deal with organic foods these days? Maybe your parents are on a health kick or your school cafeteria has started serving some organic choices for lunch – KW’s got the goods on going organic.

GMOs

These days, lots of non-organic produce (fruits and vegetables) are GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms. That means the field they grew in was sprayed with a chemical that’s designed to kill every living thing on the land (insects and other plants, like weeds). Then, special, genetically modified plants that are able to grow without being affected by the chemical spray are planted in the field. Basically, the only things that can grow, live and survive on that piece of sprayed land are the genetically modified plants. Considering we eat these things and put them in our bodies, that doesn’t sound too healthy – does it?

The truth is, the chemicals sprayed on these fields suck all the nutrients out of the soil and ruin the land. Worst of all, not enough time has passed since food producers started spraying fields and growing genetically modified plants for researchers and scientists to be able to condut studies that could tell us if there are any long-term health effects on humans.

Meats & Dairy

All that and we haven't even talked about two other important food groups yet! Most animals raised for meat, especially beef, are pumped full of fake hormones to make them grow faster and be leaner (that means more meat on them and less fat). Many scientists have linked this with the fact more and more girls are starting puberty a lot earlier than normal.

Cows that are raised for meat and milk are injected with antibiotics over and over again, even though they are healthy, to make sure they don't get sick and become a problem for the company that owns them. All these hormones and antibiotics end up in your meat, milk and cheese – and then in you and your blood!

Organic 101

Basically, organically grown foods and organically raised meat and dairy cows eliminate all the bad practices used to grow and produce genetically modified foods. Organic produce grows in fields that aren’t sprayed with any poisons or toxins, naturally. Cows and other meat-producing animals, as well as dairy cows, are allowed to grow and mature naturally, and aren’t given unhealthy injections just to make them produce more food for us to eat.

By going organic, you’re choosing to eat naturally – and more healthy.

Here are KW’s top-10 reasons to go organic:

  1. Protect Future Generations: Kids are four times more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing pesticides in food than adults.
  2. Prevent Soil Erosion: 3 billion tons of soil erode (i.e. disappear) from crop land in the U.S. each year because of bad farming practices that ignore the things soil needs to stay healthy.
  3. Protect Water Quality: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that pesticides pollute the drinking water of more than 50% of Americans.
  4. Keep Chemicals Off Your Plate: Pesticides are poisons that kill living things and can also be harmful to humans.
  5. Protect Farm Workers’ Health: The pesticides that farmers use and work with each day have been known to cause cancer in many farmers.
  6. Save Energy More: A huge amount of energy today is used to make fake fertilizer to grow all the crops in the U.S.
  7. Help Small Farmers: Most organic farms are small family farms that need your support to stay alive.
  8. Support True Economy: Organic foods might seem expensive, but think of all those tax dollars your parents pay that go toward cleaning up the hazardous waste and environmental damage caused by conventional (GMO-based) farming.
  9. Promote Biodiversity Planting: The same type of plant (crop) is often planted in a GMO field year after year after year, and the lack of natural diversity of plant life in these fields has negatively affected soil quality.
  10. Flavor & Nourishment: Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, which produces nourished – and nourishing – food for you.
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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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