10 reasons to go for organic food

Posted on 2011/05/05. Filed under: Health issue |

1. Organic production reduces health risks

Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

2. Organic farms respect our water resources

The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

3. Safeguard the Integrity of Food

Certified organic provides a guarantee that product has been grown, handled, packaged and distributed avoiding risk of contamination of the product to the point of sale. Full traceability is maintained along the chain.

4. Organic food tastes great

It’s common sense well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals. Organic produce also has up to 30% more antioxidants than conventionally grown produce.

5. Organic products meet stringent standards

Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

6. Organic farmers build healthy soil

Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils. Organic farming methods improve the condition of the soil including the presence of important nutrients a

7. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy

USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

8. Organic abundance Foods and non-foods alike

Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically � even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

9.Avoid GMOs

Avoid GMOs. Independent testing of the long-term health effects of GMO foods on humans has not been carried out. Certified organic foods are a great way to avoid GMOs.

10.Organic producers strive to preserve diversity

The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

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