When we opened our restaurants 6 years ago, we committed to 100% organic food sourcing. In our years of research and investigation, an organic diet not only contributed to the best tasting food, but it also reduced the amount of pesticides we were feeding our kids and ourselves.
While we understand that growing food is difficult work due to weather and pests, we whole heartedly stand beside organic farmers who navigate growing with minimal use of pesticides, no toxins, no GMO’s. It almost seems like common sense, that adding chemical fertilizers and pesticides to growing plants and animals would result in health issues, yet it’s not something that we often see discussed in the media or science.
Recently, we were fascinated to read this study, scientifically showing us something that we have made the principle of our business practice for so many years.
When 4 families ate their standard, typical diet and then had their urine tested for 14 pesticides, ALL members of the families had detectable levels of the pesticides. When the 4 families were then fed a 100% organic diet for a week, the detectable levels dropped by half. So imagine if they kept going on that organic consumption. We have to think those pesticide levels would continue to drop.
To emphasize our attachment to organic, we also want to highlight a longitudinal study out of France, using 70,000 adults, which resulted in statistical significance that those eating organic diets had significantly less cancer than those eating conventional diets.
It almost seems like common sense, that adding chemical fertilizers and pesticides to growing plants and animals would result in health issues, yet it’s not something that we often see discussed in the media or science.
When we think of mothering our children, feeding ourselves, feeding our customers, we envision— and are inspired by– bloodstreams (and urine flow :)) that is completely free of toxic chemicals. Most of us eat 3 meals a day, 21 meals a week, 1,000 meals a year. Make them organic and it’s looking pretty clear that you will have a great impact on your health and well-being.
P.S. When getting started on an organic lifestyle, one tip we like to share, is to identify the top 10 foods you eat the most of, and commit to purchasing them in organic form. is it blueberries? milk? steak? chicken? kale? cereal? By swapping out your top 10 foods for organic you are making an immediate impact.
Michelle Walrath has a passion for nourishing food, and especially food that is free of chemicals, GMO’s, toxins, and sugars. As a life-long health advocate, Michelle realized when her 4 children were young that there was a severe lack of healthy options on the go. She realized that parents were left with the choice of spending hours of time prepping food, or settling for fast food that left them feeling tired, sluggish, and weighed down.