Organics Last Longer than Traditional Fruits? Yea You Heard Me Right. New Study Shows Organics Kick Environmental Booty!!!!!

Organic strawberry fields in Watsonville, Calif. (Greg Peck)
A new study is out and it is all good for organics.   Apparently, at least when it comes to the organic strawberries which were studied, organic farms produced more flavorful and nutritious berries while leaving the soil more healthful and genetically diverse. You know, the way farming is supposed to work?  In a surprising twist, the organic strawberries also had a longer shelf life than the other varieties.

The conclusion of the study was, "Our findings show that the organic strawberry farms produced higher quality fruit and that their higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress. These findings justify additional investigations aimed at detecting and quantifying such effects and their interactions."

Just one more reason to sign up for a co-op that will deliver organic produce and eggs right to your front door.  Check online and I think you will find it is convenient and less expensive than the market.  I love locally sourced foods and Farmer's Markets are great too (don't forget the best bag for Farmer's Markets ever created) if you can find one that will work with your location and schedule. 

Whatever you do, start to make an effort to go organic.  For goodness sake even the President's Cancer Panel tells us we should all go organic.  In its recent report, that prestigious scientific panel recommended that  "Exposure to pesticides can be decreased by choosing, to the extent possible, food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Similarly, exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and toxic run-off from livestock feed lots can be minimized by eating free-range meat raised without these medications." These attributes are all certified practices in organic agricultural production.  

Go for it.  It is good for your health and the health of our planet.

Sending Big Hugs to You! - Shane

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