Organic Food and Why it Matters.
*This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation on Team Stonyfield. I was compensated for this post, however the opinions expressed here are my own.
The story of how organic food became of importance began when I met my husband Jesse. Good food had always been important to my family. We are a family of foodies with conversations of food often taking over at dinner time. We are a family of adventurous eaters. My mom has bookshelves filled with cookbooks of every kind. Every Christmas there was always at least one new cookbook under the tree. I always loved trips to the local Farmer’s Market with fresh foods piled up in the stands. Fresh meats, vegetables, fruit and baked goods as far as the eye could see.
We would visit farm stands with displays filled with ears of corn, lush ripe tomatoes and fresh berries waiting to be made into a summer meal. When I met Jesse my life took an unexpected turn into the life of family farming on an organic egg farm (Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs). I had grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia but now with Jesse I embarked on a life long journey in a small town in New Hampshire where organic food became a central part of my life.
Now I consider myself to be a part of the organic movement. I am a member of a generation that wants to see a change back to conscientious farming where family farms can thrive, foods are produced with humane treatment of animals and where the nutrition and quality of food is cherished. I discovered Stonyfield Organic yogurt very early on when we moved to New Hampshire. As we have grown our own organic business, the founder of Stonyfield, Gary Hirschberg has become a mentor to my husband. My husband has been lucky to work alongside Gary in the movement to shift people’s thinking about the way that we eat and what we are eating in this country.
We need to change the way that food is being produced in this country. Choosing to eat organic foods has become of high importance. I am proud to represent Stonyfield as a part of Team Stonyfield at the Boston Marathon this year. I love spreading the good word about Stonyfield through my writing as a #YoGetter Blogger. We need to continue to spread the message of why organic matters and we need to educate people about our food systems today.
There are so many different reasons why choosing organic food is important:
- By putting organic foods on your family table you are reducing your amount of pesticide exposure through food.
- Your food is GMO-Free. USDA Certified Organic Foods DO NOT use genetically modified ingredients.
- Sustainability. This type of farming is done with sustainable practices that help to protect the precious farmland and also in ways such as re-using materials by composting. Organic farming does not expose our farmland to pesticides which in turn protects the soil as well as our watersheds. Companies like Stonyfield also do their part to think about better practices for processing and packaging their foods in a way that is better for the environment.
- Humane Farming practice. Organic animals are raised in humane conditions such as our hens who are given free range or cows that are grass fed and given plenty of pasture.
- No antibiotics are used in the production of organic foods. As a mom and athlete I feel good that we are not being exposed to antibiotics through the foods that we eat.
- Much of organic food is produced by family farmers rather than on large scale farms. Stonyfield sources their milk, fruits and vegetables used in their yogurt from family farms throughout the country.
When choosing organic you need to do your research as with all foods to know more about the farmer, the company and its business practices. As with anything knowledge is power. It is important to be an educated consumer so that you know what you are purchasing for you and your family.
I feel fortunate to be able to provide my family with this kind of food and also to show them how we produce our food. It matters for the health of our families, provides us with nutrient dense “clean” foods. Also, as a runner I am very conscious about the fuel that keeps me going on my long training runs and on race day. I admire the practices of food companies who choose sustainable methods, humane practices, and who are in support of family farming.
Please follow my journey as I train with Team Stonyfield for the 2016 Boston Marathon (I will be posting Team Stonyfield Boston Marathon training recaps)
Why does organic matter to you? What foods does your family put on the table to share? I challenge you to further educate yourself about the importance of organic food.