Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. While the standards differ worldwide, organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.
For many thousands of years organic food was the only option. Now, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and genetically modified foods are now the standard.
10 Reasons to Eat Organic
- GMO’s are not known to be safe. They have not been given sufficient time to determine their safety. You are basically a long-term experiment if you are eating them.
- Organic foods are free of neurotoxins that are damaging to brain and nerve cells.
- As children are more sensitive to toxins-they are supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies.
- Organic produce is higher in nutrients such as vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, iron, chromium and magnesium.
- They’re supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies. Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use (and therefore safety).
- In study after study, research from independent organizations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditional foods. Research shows that organic produce is higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water.
- Organic food is earth-supportive (when big business keeps their hands out of it). Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future. Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.
- Organic food choices grown on small-scale organic farms help ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood. Consider it the domestic version of fair trade.
- Most organic food simply tastes better than the pesticide-grown counterparts.