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Most of our food comes from plants and trees. Meat and dairy come from animals.

Dairy usually comes from cows and sometimes goats. Dairy items include milk, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream and ice cream.

Beef comes from cows and steers; veal comes from calves; pork, bacon and ham come from pigs.

Some foods that grow on trees are apples, pears, peaches, bananas, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, apricots, coconuts, mangoes, figs, plums, cherries, olives.

Some foods that grow on plants are tomatoes, broccoli, peas, corn, peppers, string beans, spinach, lettuce, celery, cabbage, kale and watermelons.

Carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, yams, onions, beets, radishes, garlic, ginger and more grow under ground with their plant out of the ground.

Grapes grow on vines.

Organic (natural) Food

Most of the “conventional” foods available today are very different from the foods we ate as children, or the foods our parents and grandparents ate.

Over the last 100 years, food has consistently become less nutritious and more toxic as a result of the industrialization of farms, the rise of non-food ingredients such as preservatives, artificial color and trans fats, and the application of scientific breakthroughs to the problem of maximizing food production.

The conventional food available today is totally unlike anything that has been available in the past. Cows, chickens and other animals may live their entire lives indoors, on drugs, and seriously ill. Cows are often now fed genetically modified grain mixed with chicken parts, feathers, feces and beef tallow (the fat from their own species). They're injected with hormones and antibiotics.

Our grandparents ate beef from cows that lived outside and ate grass - the cow's natural food. As a result, though conventional beef today looks much like the beef our grandparents bought, it's completely different - and far more unhealthy.

The vegetables, fruits and grains our grandparents ate wasn't produced with the same toxic chemicals and environmentally harmful methods to manage crops and livestock. They weren't genetically modified organisms grown with sewage sludge fertilizers.

Many dietary changes such as the elimination of red meat, dairy or soda  can have an immediate impact. People often feel more relaxed, lighter and have more energy after making such changes.

The damage done by conventionally produced foods is long-term and cumulative. The pesticides and other toxins used to produce non-organic foods enter our bodies and take up residence in our cells. These toxins build up over time, and gradually degrade the overall functioning of our cells, organs and major bodily systems.

As food has declined in quality, so have our bodies.

When we get sick, our immune systems depend to some extent on the quality of foods we have been eating. Non-organic foods contain fewer antioxidants than organic foods, for example, and so eating non-organic foods increases our susceptibility to disease.

The combination of toxins and lower nutrient quality makes non-organic food harmful over time.

The over-consumption of alcohol, saturated fats and sugar won't kill you after just one week. But after regular excessive consumption, year after year, they can contribute to liver damage, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes.

Likewise, switching to organic food probably won't make an immediate impact on how you feel. But after months and years of eating foods devoid of toxins and richer in nutrients than conventionally produced foods, you'll be much healthier.

It’s important to consider that buying as much organic food as you can manage is a sound healthy choice - financially, socially and otherwise. You're investing in your body, which will return "profits" in the form of good health -- and even real financial benefits, such as lower medical and insurance costs.

What fruits and vegetables are lowest and highest in pesticides?

Pesticides in food - a list from lowest to highest pesticide content
Item Rank Pesticide Load
Onions - best 1 1
Avocado 2 1
Sweet Corn - frozen 3 2
Pineapples 4 7
Mangoes 5 9
Asparagus 6 11
Sweet Peas - frozen 7 11
Kiwi 8 14
Bananas 9 16
Cabbage 10 17
Broccoli 11 18
Papaya 12 21
Blueberries 13 24
Cauliflower 14 27
Winter Squash 15 27
Watermelon 16 28
Sweet Potatoes 17 30
Tomatoes 18 30
Honeydew Melon 19 31
Cantaloupe 20 34
Mushrooms 21 37
Tangerine 22 38
Grapefruit 23 40
Oranges 24 42
Grapes - domestic 25 43
Plums 26 45
Rasberries 27 47
Cucumbers 28 52
Hot Peppers 29 53
Green Beans 30 53
Carrots 31 57
Potatoes 32 58
Lettuce 33 59
Spinach 34 60
Grapes - imported 35 65
Pears 36 65
Cherries 37 75
Strawberries 38 82
Nectarines 39 84
Celery 40 85
Sweet Bell Peppers 41 86
Apples 42 89
Peaches - worst 43 100

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with fruits and vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following their meal.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control to Man so he would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

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