In a world dominated by “fast” and processed foods loaded with harmful chemicals, it is imperative that we educate the general public on the benefits of buying organically grown and manufactured products. Here is a list of 12 reasons why we should all buy organic:
1. Reduces exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.
Non-organic fruits and vegetables are laden with pesticides called neurotoxins or organophosphates which were originally developed in World War One as toxic nerve agents. After the war, when there was no longer a need for them, the food industry adopted them to ward off pests. Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of health hazards, ranging from short term impacts such as nausea and headaches to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption.
2. Higher nutritional value than “traditional” foods.
There is mounting evidence that organically grown foods generate more nutrients and less nitrates than “traditional” foods. In a review of 400 published papers comparing organic to non-organic foods, Soil Association Ltd. of the U.K. reported that organic crops were higher in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. These photynutrients protect both people and plants while pesticides actually block the plants ability to manufacture these life-giving plant compounds.
3. Avoid GMOs.
A GMO or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism, or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods(also called gene splicing), gene modification. or transgenic technology.This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
4. Avoid hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs found in animal products.
Most conventional livestock farmers use a toxic combination of growth hormones, drugs, feed supplements, and high-grain diets to push their animals to grow faster, get bigger,and produce more milk and eggs per day. In fact, animals on conventional farms are pushed so hard that they experience serious reproductive and other health problems leading to heavy antibiotic use.
5. Better tasting.
Organic foods have more flavor than their chemical-laden counterparts. Plus, no artificial food colors or preservatives are added to any organic foods.
6. Reduces pollution in water and soil.
Rainfall landing on a field of crops will carry a certain amount of soil, nutrients, and chemicals downstream or into underground aquifers. The more chemicals applied per acre, the greater the challenge in preserving soil and water quality.
7. Supports local farmers.
Going organic helps ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood for themselves and their families.
8. Provides a safer working environment for farmers.
Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a whopping 70% increase in Parkinson’s disease among people exposed to pesticides. Choosing to go organic means that more people would be able to work on farms free of these harmful chemicals without incurring the higher potential health risk of Parkinson’s disease or other illnesses.
9. Reduces the risk of cancer.
The US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides potentially carcinogenic. It is therefore reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are partially linked to the use of these cancer-causing pesticides.
10. Provides a more humane existence for animals.
Free-range grassfed animals live a healthier, happier life, free of hormones, antibiotics, and other stressors that diminish the quality of the animals life.
11. Preserves our eco-system.
Organic food production eliminates soil and water contamination, helps preserve local wildlife, and conserves biodiversity.
12. Because the future of this planet and our children’s lives depend on it.
Let’s face it, all our lives depend on going organic. Mother Earth and our children are being poisoned and one way to help stop this catastrophe from happening is to buy only organic, Non-GMO foods.