Everyone ate organic food until very recently. In a quest for cheaper food production, the food industry has come up with a number of "innovations": factory farming, application of chemical pesticides, genetic modification, irradiation, and use of preservatives. These techniques allow food to be grown in centralized locations, transported long distances, and stored on shelves for weeks. But at what cost? The cost to the consumer is threefold: loss of nutritional value, loss of flavor, and increased risk of cancer and other diseases. On the other hand, studies have shown that:
So how does someone begin to transition to an organic diet? The following links will help you decide what is most important to buy organic. You can also go to Tri-State Area Resources, CSAs, or Farmers Markets for local vendors of organic food and ways to control costs by buying organic food directly from farms or in bulk.