It was great to see a mainstream news service promoting the consumption of organic foods today (Monday, January 4, 2010). The Honolulu Advertiser carried an article by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service extolling the virtues of organic foods.

Namely: they don’t carry pesticides still present even after washing conventionally grown produce including apples, cherries, grapes, imported nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and spinach. You can visit for a handy shopping guide to what produce is the most important to buy organic, and what may not be as essential.

“Many organic items are competitively priced and may actually be cheaper.” Buying foods in their whole, unprepared state is cheaper than buying them ready-made. Buy organic fruits and veggies in season. They’ll be cheaper and fresher often coming from local sources than being shipped from far away places both reducing their freshness, nutrient value and contributing to global warming via the gas consumed in transport. Can or freeze organic foods on sale.

These are all excellent points that we support. Down to Earth ALL VEGETARIAN Organic & Natural sells as much organic produce and grocery items as we can get. So if you have a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, start by adding more organic foods to your diet. If you shop carefully, you’ll find they’re not necessarily more expensive, and as I always say, you either pay now or pay later, as in if you eat poorly now you will be paying doctor’s bills for diseases later.

Thanks for reading.
Mark Fergusson