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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

Pesticide Frankenstein Foods vs Local Organic

In Case You Need Reasons to Eat Local Organic Produce…
June 13, 2013

Not so long ago, all foods were “organic”. They were grown and prepared without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers, hormones, antibiotics and goodness knows what else. Foods were whole, real and unprocessed. Then, industrialisation, chemical farming and food processing were born. Nowadays, with the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, many of our soils and foods have been massively depleted of many important minerals and nutrients. Not only that, but we import and export from every corner of the world, which we all know is bad news for the planet and for the quality of the food we eat.
 
As a Board Certified Health Coach and Raw Food Chef, I aim to be a ‘conscious eater’. By using organic and locally grown food for my family and workshops, not only am I focused on the health benefits, but also I can be assured that the produce has been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs. I strive to use in-season and locally available foods in my recipes and see a growing trend towards this in Hong Kong.
 
But don’t listen to just my opinion on this subject. I asked a bunch of my friends and followers why they choose local and organic produce, and here you can find our 7 reasons to choose local organic produce, just in case you ever doubted the choice:
 
1.  Your health is worth it - “I choose the best foods on the planet and don’t wish to feed my growing family genetically modified, denatured, pesticide, herbicide, fungicide, Frankenstein foods, because our health is worth it!!”  (Hong Kong mum and fellow Raw Food Chef, Priscilla Soligo of Rawthentic Foods).
 
 
2.  Chemical fears - “I can’t imagine putting those foreign chemicals inside me or my family … I’m sure if we could see the chemicals in their original containers given the option we would not happily cover our food in them or put them inside of us…” (health-conscious Hong Kong mum of 2 beautiful children).
 
3.  For future generations - “I support local and organic produce because I want my children to have access to fresh and chemical-free produce when they grow-up. If we don’t support this option now, it will soon no longer be available”.  (Lawyer, Hong Kong)
 
4.  Organic could contain more nutrients – a recent study* found that the vitamin C content of organic produce, compared with conventionally farmed foods, was higher. Sadly, most average veggies are full of pollutants and farming chemicals, which can deeply affect the vibrancy and nutritional quality of the living plants.
 
5.  Pesticides can cause disease - in particular, chemical pesticides, such as Atrazine, which has been banned in many EU countries, have been shown to cause cancer and diseases of the liver and kidneys, as well as adversely affecting our immune system. Not ideal.
 
6.  Travel depletes the life of the food and is bad for our environment – As soon as food is taken off of the tree or out of the ground, it starts to “die” and lose nutrients. Your body would much rather enjoy life-filled food, rather than life-less food. Food in the stores may have travelled thousands of miles to get to your plate. Not only that, but while your crunchy Italian lettuce quickly goes lifeless, the travel also consumes tonnes of fuel, adding pollution to the environment in getting them to you.  Local veggies have not travelled far, and so by supporting local you are reducing your carbon footprint at the same time as ensuring your food goes from farm-to-plate in the shortest timeframe. Win, win!
 
7.  Do it to support your local economy and community – as soon as you buy from a big commercial store, you support big commercial business. Many big businesses have no real connection to the foods they produce. When you buy local foods from the local farmers, you are helping to build your local economy.  By supporting local farms, you are supporting people who live and work the farms themselves, as well as the future generations of farmers. Your local farmers have a very real connection to your food – they eat the very same tomatoes as you.
 
Hong Kong’s organic produce delivery service, Eat FRESH is one company striving to make sure Hong Kong dwellers have easy access to fresh organic produce, which not only nourishes you and your family but will also help toward a sustainable future through it’s farming methods and encouragement of reducing our carbon footprint by eating local.
 
All of the farms working with Eat FRESH have been organically certified. Eat FRESH works closely with local organic farms to provide you with the finest organic seasonal vegetables. Their vegetables come from farms that are certified organic by the Hong Kong Organic Resource Center Certification Ltd. (HKORC-Cert), which is accredited by IFOAM (International Federation for Organic Agriculture Movements).
 
Order your local organic veg to be delivered straight from farms, which are only a few miles away. Order in June and get a FREE trial-sized juicing bag with your order!
 
If you're worried about your toxicity levels, or would just like to kick-start your diet, I am running a 5 day Organic Raw Food Feast Detox and Liver Cleanse, sponsored by Eat FRESH organics at the end of June. See here for details and to book.
 
Resources
http://carolinabeachfarmersmarket.com
www.eatfresh.com.hk
• The research, titled “Organically Grown Food Provides Health Benefits to Drosophila melanogaster.
• Eat fresh offer: one-off for each new and returning customer.

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