posted on Jul, 16 2007 @ 04:26 PM
One fairly good source to find cheaper organic foods that can last longer is to buy at Farmers Markets or find food through your local CO'OP. I live
in the quintessential "bread basket" of America and there are Organic Markets and Farmers CO'OP's in nearly every town, and sometimes more than
that. Growing up on a farm my parents had a vegetable garden that consumed a couple acres of ground, and I remember hand ploughing the whole thing
(I'm talking a Medieval type plough with no horses...gives the term "manual labor" a whole new meaning to a young kid), but it was well worth the
time and effort as the organic vegetables had quite a bit more flavor. My wife and I currently continue to buy fresh produce from these seperate
avenues, thus negating the extreme mark-up that you will find in Natural Health Food Stores nationwide.
Typically Flavonoids, in this case found in Tomatos, react with antioxidant activities in the human body, however, it should be noted that their role
in this process is pure speculation. Until this study I was only aware of the fact that they were suspected to reduce the risk of cancer, heart
disease, and a reduction in the effects of allergens and carcinogens. To this I cannot change my mind until further studies are done to show that an
increase and the amount of yield a crop produces will contribute to a reduction in cancer and other diseases over a period of clinical trials. In
other words, the flavonoids will enhance taste, but may not be directly related to cancer fighting agents. Rather, it could be the reduction in the
amount of pesticides that would lead to a reduction in cancer when people eat organically. This study lends some credence to that, and hopefully
there will be further studies done as well.
As previously mentioned you not only get the benefit of enhanced taste, but a reduction in the amount of pesticides you will consume by shopping
organically. It will be interesting to see if this study of flavonoids has any effect on the population as a whole, both because America values taste
and low cost. As of now, the natural food markets boost their prices for reasons alluded to by TheExaminer, and some people don't realize that
Farmers Markets and CO'OP's offer the same thing at a much reduced price.
[edit on 16-7-2007 by Jazzerman]