Thursday, December 04, 2008

Doctor Eats Only Organic Food for 3 years

This popular health columnist/doctor decided to try eating only organic for three years after hearing a dairy farmer talk about how his animals became less sick after switching to organic food.

I think this article also points out how difficult it is to find organic food--I know when I travel I won't eat rather than have to eat some kind of transfatty fast quasi-food. He gives some tips on how economically we can make organic food practical--and we must! We need to demand it, so the farmers will continue to produce it.

At the very least, for the last three years this guy has not eaten any melamine...

From the NYTimes via the Huffington Post:

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Fruits, vegetables and animals can be 100 percent organic. What about people?

In a fascinating experiment -- on himself -- Dr. Alan Greene, a pediatrician and author in Danville, Calif., decided to find out. For the last three years, Dr. Greene has eaten nothing but organic foods, whether he's cooking at home, dining out or snacking on the road.

He chose three years as a goal because that was the amount of time it took to have a breeding animal certified organic by the Department of Agriculture. While food growers comply with organic regulations every day, Dr. Greene wondered whether a person could meet the same standards.

It hasn't been easy.

"This isn't a way of eating I could recommend to anybody else because it's so far off the beaten food grid," said Dr. Greene, 49, the founder of a popular Web site about children's health, drgreene.com. "It was much more challenging than I thought it would be, and I thought it would be tough. There were definitely days where there was nothing I could find that was organic."

Keep reading to find out if it worked...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We always eat organic food but last week I heard that "Melamine Found Contaminating Soy Meal Fed to Organic Chickens in France" it's very sad for me because we've been eating organic chicken since we arrived here in France 3 years ago. We already asked our organic store here if their suppliers(farmers) fed this stuff to their chickens and we're waiting for the answer.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Thank you for this...it is indeed very sad. I also avoid organic produce from China because it can be secondarily contaminated by industrial pollutants...the good things abt eating local is that I could have our farmer test his soil. Do the best you can and your body will be in much better shape to deal with the inevitable contaminants...sounds like you're doing a great job being so conscientious!

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