It is amazing that in this whimsical world of information and technology, we are bombarded on a frequent basis with “new” and often-conflicting information on health regimens and dietary and nutritional information. Yesterday Vitamin D was a good thing. Today it is bad. The same thing applies to fish oil– a miracle supplement a few months ago and now useless.
I find it refreshing that Jesse Ziff Cool, chef and lecturer, and owner of Cool Cafe has dug in her heels on the health benefits of organic nutrition. It is interesting to note that Jesse Cool operates out of Stanford University, the home of the recent study questioning organics. It is with strong conviction that Ms. Cool, who also is the author of Simply Organic, states, “I’ve been pioneering and advocating organics for 37 years. Once you really embrace that, you don’t want to feed yourself or anyone near you anything that could some day harm you. All you want is real food”. Her philosophy will not be changed by one study.
Others in the business of organics concur with Ms. Cool. They include Bob Quinn, the president of KAMUT International (www.Kamut.com) and Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature’s Path (http://us.naturepath.com). These two men note that the Stanford study is inconsistent with their experiences of 25 and 45 years respectively. I agree with the theory of organics from a common sense approach. Surely food grown without “toxic pesticides, glyphosate herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge and radiation” must be healthier for everyone—farmers, consumers and the environment, than food produced using these substances.
It is important to keep abreast of research and studies on organics and other matters affecting your health and the environment. It also is important for each of us to turn on our internal filters and delete false or faulty information from our internal and external databases. As quoted by Voltaire and aptly restated by Ellen Kamer, (columnist at the Edgie Veggie) “tend your own garden”. Let’s eat green, live green be green.