Why Choose Organic Over Conventionally Grown Foods?
What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!
Organic foods are produced without the use of herbicides, fungicides, chemicals fertilizers or pesticides. Organic food is not bio-engineered, genetically modified, nor is it irradiated. Poultry and beef are fed only organic feed, are grazed on organically maintained pastures, and are not given antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products.
1. Pesticides are harmful poisons and neurotoxins
Pesticides accumulate in the fat deposits of the body and have been shown to cause a wide range of adverse health effects including: injury to the nervous system, lung damage, damage to the reproductive organs, immune and endocrine system dysfunction, birth defects and cancer. Pregnant women can even pass these toxic agents on to their fetus.
2. Choosing organic meat lessens your exposure synthetic hormones
In Canada there are six hormonal growth promoters approved for use in beef cattle. Scientific evidence concludes that residual hormones found in meat products can result in multiple harmful biological effects that can have damaging consequences for human health.
3. Organic meat is not laced with antibiotics
Due to cramped living conditions and poor diet among factory farmed animals, the meat and dairy industry regularly gives antibiotics to healthy animals to prevent infection. Health experts warn that this practice is contributing to the evolution of multi drug-resistant pathogens and drug resistant bacteria, including strains that can infect humans.
4. Organically grown food is kind to the environment
Pesticides and chemical fertilizers can easily become a main source of air and water pollution. Airborne pesticide sprays can travel long distances and eventually end up in the water supply and contaminate the soil of surrounding areas.
5. Organic food is not genetically modified
The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) refers to crop plants that have been modified in the laboratory. Under strict organic certification standards, GMOs are not allowed to be used in organic farming. There are several downsides to genetically modified foods such as: no long term safety testing, decreased nutritional value, antibiotic resistant bacteria, allergic reactions and damage the entire ecology.
6. Choose to support seed and crop biodiversity
Organic farming increases biodiversity at every level of the food chain-from soil bacteria to plants to animals. One of the toxic side effects of the use of pesticides is the killing of non-target animals, plants and insects which complicate crop infestation problems by promoting pest resistance.
7. Organic produce is higher in nutrition
Chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers deplete the top soil and cause soil erosion which generates less nutrition to the plants. Depending on how long the soil has been free of chemical contamination, organic food tends to contain higher levels of cancer fighting antioxidants and essential minerals.
8. Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides are potentially cancer causing.
Organic farming uses only natural forms of agriculture such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control.
9. Organic farming fights global warming
Organic soil contains many more beneficial microbes, earthworms and insects as non-organic soil.
Healthy, humus-rich soils are able to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to reduce global warming.
10. Organic food simply tastes better!
If you’ve ever done a taste comparison, you know what I’m talking about!