Eating organic is good for many reasons. First, it’s healthier because the food is not grown with pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals. It’s also safer for the environment and tastes better than conventional foods. On Thursday I went to the organic store in Easton called Nature’s Way. As soon as you walk in, you know it’s going to be a different food shopping experience because of the refreshing aroma that fills the room. They have so many different products to choose from and there’s even a “healthier” option if you’re craving chocolate or potato chips. The walls were lined with fresh organic produce, organic milk and juices, organic pasta, organic cereal, organic peanut butter, basically anything and everything organic. There was even organic makeup, sunscreen, shampoo, and soap. It was nice to see that there are alternative options to the ubiquitous conventional processed foods. There was so much I wanted to try but I ended up just buying a few items: mango nectar juice, hummus, Golden Ginger herbal tea, and organic gummy bears which are free of corn syrup and GMOs (I have such a weakness for gummy bears). The mango juice was flavorful, fresh, and sweet. The hummus was delicious and had just the right amount of garlic flavor. I’m definitely going again in the near future and trying other products.
If you want to be healthier, it really isn’t that hard to incorporate organic food into your lifestyle once you know the option of organic is accessible; and for Lafayette students it’s just a short walk down the hill. Even the smallest changes can make a difference. Although organic foods might be more expensive, you know you’re paying for quality and freshness. Also, it might seem difficult for college students to make healthy choices when we’re constantly surrounded with fried foods. Anything, however, is possible and making small alterations in the food provided, whether we make organic, whole, or locally grown foods available, can encourage more long-term changes. A lot of colleges are transitioning in order to integrate organic food in the dining halls. I found this interesting website about how Yale supports organic food 100% and how many colleges are starting to include organics in one way or another. The word is spreading fast and Lafayette should join the organic movement. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2006-09-26-college-food-usat_x.htm
If anyone is interested, I got a flyer saying that this Saturday April 24th 9am- 5pm Nature’s Way is celebrating 35 years of business as well as Earth Day. There’s going to be free products given out, food sampling, and the opportunity to meet local farmers, which might be good since we always talk about the importance of knowing where your food is coming from and having a relationship with the person growing your what we eat. Also, Friday from 6:30-7:45 there’s going to be a speaker, Dewey, talking about his experience and a good way to loss weight by cleansing, fasting, and eating raw foods.