Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic
Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century:
1. Reduce The Toxic Load:
Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. Our bodies are the environment, so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live more healthy.
2. Reduce If Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution.
Industrial agriculture not only pollutes farmland, it also wreaks havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift affects non-farm communities with odorless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments.
3. Protect Future Generations.
Before a mother first nurses her newborn the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurological and behavioral effects may result from low -level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.
4. Build Healthy Soil.
Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with a loss of top soil as well as the loss of micro nutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has proven to increase nutrients in produce.
5. Tastes Better and Truer Flavor.
Scientists now know what we, consumers, have known all along: Organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, also new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food.
6. Assist Family Farmers of All Sizes.
According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, as of 2006 there are approximately 10,000 Certified Organic Producers in the U.S. compared to 2,500 to 3,000 tracked in 1994. Measured against the two million farms estimated in the U.S. today, organic is still tiny. Family farms that are certified organic farms have a double economic benefit: they are profitable and they farm in harmony with their surrounding environment. Whether the farm is a 4-acre orchard or a 4,000-acre wheat farm, organic is a beneficial practice that is genuinely family-friendly.
7. Avoid Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food.
Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH.It’s Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built-in inspections and federal regulatory teeth.
8. Eating with a Sense of Place.
Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese; organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food.
9. Promote Biodiversity.
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Native plants, birds and hawks return usually after the first season of organic practices; beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven.
10. Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture.
Food is a ‘language’ spoken in every culture. Making this language organic allows for an important cultural revolution whereby diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one heirloom seed from extinction, for example, is an act of biological and cultural conservation.
Source: Alan Greene, MD (Organic Trade Association), Bob Scowcroft (Organic Farming Research