Organic Foods – Healthy or Trendy?


Organic foods vs non organic foods has been a topic for conversation sense the rise of harmful pesticides, GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), and the un-safe farming practices.

We claim these things were invented to help yield more crops with more nutrients. Eating organic foods can change a person on a personal level (health, stamina, heart, and more) while simultaneously helping the area they live, the environment and the earth itself.

Click here to watch fellow student discussing GMO’s and the Food Labeling Act

Top Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Choosing Organic Foods:

Food Additives


Candy with ingredients list full of additives.

Food Additives are ingredients that are added to the food we consume to preserve the flavor for a prolonged time, an attempt to enhance the taste and to maintain a particular appearance. Here is a small list of the top food additives to stay away from;

  1. Trans Fats or Hydrogenated Oils
  2. Food Dyes
  3. Artificial Sweeteners such as Aspartame and Sucralose
  4. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  5. MSG – Monosodium Glutamate

Environmental Impact


Pesticide waste into the water.

Protecting the environment is key to growing food, living sustainable and living a healthier lifestyle. Here are the top reasons environmentally why we should be eating and buying organic foods;

  1. Sustainable practices for longevity of the earth
  2. Protecting the health of the soil and earth
  3. Protecting the water from harmful toxins
  4. Health of Air and Climate Change
  5. No GMO’s



Spraying with gloves and mask because of toxic danger of pesticides.

Pesticides are substances such as a liquid or powered which is toxic to the human health and environment. Pesticides are the only toxic substance purposely introduced onto our food and other plants in order to control insects, rodents and weeds. Here are some of the top pesticide covered foods to avoid (unless buying organic) according to the EWG’s Dirty Dozen;

  1. Apples
  2. Potatos
  3. Strawberrys
  4. Grapes
  5. Cherry Tomatos

*For the top clean foods check out the EWG’s Clean Fifteeen

When buying organic we are contributing to the farmers that have more respect for their crops and can maintain sustainable farming practices. Sustainable farming practices support the earth and sustainability is key to food production in the future.


About Author

Travis Spencer

Travis Spencer is a Liberal Arts Major at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He currently works as a Creative at the Apple Store on State Street, where he combines his passion for technology with his customer-service based interests. During his spare time, Travis enjoys hiking hidden trails of Santa Barbara and surrounding area. If not hiking you might find him playing frisbee on the beach or disc golf out in Goleta.

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