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Why Buy Organic Produce?

Conventional supermarket produce is saturated with chemical residue. The average conventionally grown apple available in any supermarket has poisons in its skin, even after rinsing. Organic foods by contrast, do not contain synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, fumigants, or synthetic fertilizers. Organic foods are never genetically modified or irradiated. They do not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. Scientist strongly suspect that Mexico, Chili and other Latin American countries are using DDT and other chemicals banned in the U.S.

Organic Produce is Significantly Healthier

Fresh organic produce contains an average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micronutrients and cancer fighting antioxidants then non-organic produce.

The following is the mineral content of organically grown food compared to conventionally grown food: Calcium 63% higher
Chromium 78% higher
Iodine 73% higher
Iron 59% higher
Magnesium 138% higher
Potassium 125% higher
Selenium 390% higher
Zinc 60% higher
Source: "Organic Foods vs. Supermarket Foods: Element Levels," Journal of Applied Nutrition 45 (1993): 35-39.

Organic Produce has Higher Levels of Antioxidants

Organic produce has significantly higher levels of cancer-figting antioxidants than traditionally grown foods, according to a study of corn, strawberries and marionberries done by the Journal Agricultural Food Chemistry February, 26, 2003;51(5):1237-41. The study suggested that the pesticides and herbicides used by conventional growers hampers the plants’ production of flavenoids - phenolic compunds that have a strong antioxidant activity. The study looked at the total antioxidants found in corn, strawberries and marionberries, which are a type of blackberry that had either been grown organically, sustainably (fertilizers without herbicides or pesticides) and conventionally (synthetic chemicals). The organic and sustainably grown foods were found to have significantly higher amounts of antioxidants than conventionally grown food. Specifically, levels of antioxidants in sustainably grown corn were 58.5 percent higher than conventionally grown corn, while organically and sustainably grown marionberries had about 50 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown berries. Further, sustainably and organically grown strawberries had about 19 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown strawberries.

Organic Foods Taste Better

Organic foods taste better because of the pure nutrients in the soil. This is why many chefs use only organic.

Organic Foods Are Better For Our Society

The reason pesticides, genetic modifications and non-sustainable farming techniques are used is to lower the cost of producing agricultural products, however it is clearly at a cost to our society. We as taxpayers pay for conventional produce through our taxes spending billions every year cleaning up agro-chemicals that get into our natural water supply.

Linda Lou's only sells "Certified Organic" produce, which is grown using sustainable agricultural techniques and is free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fumigants and synthetic fertilizers. Certified Organic Produce is never genetically engineered or modified, and is never irradiated. At Linda Lou's, we are committed to how we care for the earth, ourselves and our children and therefore, we are totally committed to "Certified Organic" produce.

Organic Produce is not Genetically Modified

The only way to guarantee that you are not eating genetically modified (GM) foods is by eating "Certified Organic" foods. How bad are GM foods? No one knows. In the case of potatoes, the FDA had asked the EPA to monitor them because the GM potato more resembled a pesticide. Even many of the major fast food chains are telling their suppliers to go organic. Despite this, more and more genetically modified crops are expected.

Scary quote:

The hope of the industry (ABCs – AgBioTech Corps) is that over time the market is so flooded (with Genetically Modified organisms) that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender! - Don Westfall, Vice President, Promar International Washington, consultants to Kellogs, Unilever, Aventis etc.

Better Quote:

I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." - Genesis 1:29

Or should I eat genetically modified foods from GM seeds owned by Monsanto? God? or Monsanto?

Can You Afford Organic Produce?

You cannot afford not to eat organic produce. Even if it does cost a little more then prices in a super market (some are less), the long-term effects on our drinking water, soil, vegetables, fruits and our health is greatly enhanced by eating organic.

Go Organic For Your Children

If for no other reason, go organic for the sake of your children. There is increasing evidence connecting pesticides in our environment to childhood diseases such as cancer, asthma and learning disabilities. Most of the food your child is eating is still based on what is "considered" safe for a full-grown 150 lb adult male. For more information on how toxic substances can affect your children go to

A major concern of many researchers with traditional produce is the chronic build up of low-level exposure to the compounding of all the various poisons used in non-organic farming. The toxic levels, over time, may be more than our body defenses can handle, increasing lifetime risks of cancer and other serious diseases.

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140 N Woodland Blvd
Deland, FL 32720
fax 386.740.8206

Discount Day
1st Tuesday of the Month
20% Off, except
10% Off Produce/Dairy

Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

1. Peaches
2. Strawberries
3. Apples
5. Nectarines
5. Spinach
6. Celery
7. Pears
8. Cherries
9. Potatoes
11. Sweet Bell Peppers
11. Raspberries
12. Grapes (Imported)
14. Carrots
14. Green Beans

Source: Enviornmental Working Group (EWG) developed this guide to rank pesticide contamination based on 100,000 test conducted by the USDA.

Lower your pesticide exposure from produce by 90% by replacing the highest 12 items in this list with certified organic produce.

Most Common Genetically Modified Foods

Canola (rapeseed)

All of the information on this website is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements listed on this website.

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