Many people make an argument that organic food is a healthier choice. As a result, they indulge in buying products from the organic food section in their grocery store, which is usually priced higher than so-called regular or non-organic food. For example, a pound of non-organic apples can cost $1.99, but few feet away, an identical apple with a sticker organic on it is selling for $3.99 per pound. Now, add the cost of all other organic products, and you won’t be surprised to learn that the price tag of living this way is not cheap. However, it makes people feel good under the guise of adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Those of us who are less frivolous with money cannot fathom why anyone would voluntarily pay more for the product that can be bought at a lower price. We rationalize that if the product is truly organic, it would not be sprayed with pesticides, which are substances that are used on the produce to help control pests and preserve the lifespan of a product on a shelf. But is this true? Ask yourself, when was the last time you picked up a product that had a pest in it? I’m fairly confident that this has yet to happen because evidence suggests that both organic and non-organic products that are delivered to your local grocery store are free of pests and their lifespan on the shelf is quite long. Thus, there is no question that both types of products are sprayed with some chemicals to achieve that goal.
For the sake of this argument, let’s take a moment to debunk how organic produce might differ from non-organic. While organic produce may be sprayed with fewer dangerous chemicals, certain pesticides are still allowed, including those that are synthetic (NPR, 2011). In fact, atrazine, one of several different chemicals used as an herbicide that are poisonous and cause all sorts of health problems including immune system failures, breast and prostate cancer, birth defects, and infertility problems, is found in many organic produce. So, the question is not whether the foods we buy (both organic and non-organic) contain pesticides, but rather what are we doing to remove these chemicals from our produce.
Washing produce before its consumption is the answer that comes to mind, and something that most people do, including me. But, unlike the majority of people, I wash my produce in strong alkaline 11.5 pH water that comes from the Kangen machine, that has the capacity to thoroughly remove pesticides.
As you can see in the set of pictures, washing produce with tap water hardly removes any pesticides because the water is pretty clear. However, produce washed with 11.5 pH became murky because it removed all the pesticides. Despite the fact that organic produce is thought to be a healthier choice, we can see by the color of the water that this produce has been sprayed with harmful chemicals that would be consumed if not washed with Kangen water.
Now, that you have become slightly more educated on the subject, next time, you hear someone claiming to be organic, dare to ask if their food is free of pesticides and what they do remove them from their food.