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What’s the difference between a bug and you, what does that have to do with healthy shopping, and why does this guy have to wear a gas mask?


I’ll tell you. Pesticides kill bugs. We are bigger organisms than bugs and so eventually pesticides will kill us too. Even the rise in gluten intolerance has been directly linked with increased use of pesticides in Europe and the US. Plus, eating the same food that has been sprayed with chemicals so strong that the guy spraying it has to wear a gas mask, makes absolutely no sense. Our bodies soak up everything we put into them, for better or for worse. The same goes for chemicals designed to kill insects on contact.

Plus, according to a study review done by Cornell University, herbicide and pesticide use are also directly linked to Parkinson’s disease. So while pesticides and herbicides kill bugs instantly, they create diseases in our bodies that will lead to a slow, painful death. I think I’d almost rather be the bug in this situation. But emotionality aside, there are some things you need to know about organics.

But, do you know what organic really means? All 100% certified USDA organic produce must meet the following requirements: 

The Plu on the label will always start with a 9.

Not bioengineered

Not sprayed with pesticides

The fertilizers used were made without synthetic ingredients and no radiation was used.

Some people give me blank stares when I talk about “produce.” Produce means fruits and vegetables. The things most of your diet should be based around. I don’t care if you’re vegan, paleo, atkins or otherwise. Fresh fruits and vegetables should form the basis of your personal food pyramid for myriad reasons, many of which I’ve talked about in previous posts. Check out some of those posts here:

Why You Should Be Eating Whole, Un-Fragmented Foods

The Key to Lifelong Health

11 Reasons You Should Consider A Plant-Based Diet

Do you have to buy all organic? Not necessarily. Check out the dirty dozen and clean fifteen to see where you should be buying organic always and where you can save money.

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ekapadarajakapotasanaJenna is a board certified holistic health coach and yoga teacher and is the health and wellness expert for the global yoga community. She presents workshops and classes regularly at Google and at yoga studios around the San Francisco Bay Area. She helps her clients have more energy, lose weight without dieting, curb sugar cravings, and heal their relationship with food. She combines western holistic nutrition and eastern philosophy to maximize her clients’ transformations.


Photo credit: Cornell U