There are so many reasons to support organic foods and so many health benefits to you, your family and the environment when you do. The following list will touch on many reasons to transition to organic foods.
1. You will be helping Reduce The Toxic Load by Keeping Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies
When you buy organic food you are supporting and promoting a less toxic environment for all living things. Buying organic foods will help support your family live less toxically while also providing a healthier agricultural environment which effects all living beings.
2. Buying organic foods will help Reduce if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution
By supporting organic foods you will be helping end and eliminate off farm pollution. Industrial agriculture pollutes farmland, farm workers as well as the environment, and surrounding communities. Buying organic will help eliminate pesticide drift which affects non-farm communities with dangerous odorless and invisible poisons. Buying organic will help eliminate synthetic fertilizer from drifting downstream. According to Science Magazine farm pollution is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments, buying organic will help reduce and eliminate dead zones such a terrible problem.
3. Buying Organic foods will help Protect Future Generations
Buying organic foods will not only help you and your family but also aid in protecting future generations. Our nation has been under terrible threat of these harmful and poisonous chemicals which have been exposing many generations. Neurologic and behavioral effects have been linked to low-level pesticide exposure based on many reports from “The National Academy of Science”. Most recent reports have shown that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility, and contribute to many deathly diseases.
4. Supporting organic foods will help Build Healthy Soil
Buying organic foods will help build healthy soil. Chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a terrible toll and loss of top soil. This creates loss of micro nutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers will increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals found in organic food. Buying and supporting organic foods will aid in elevating Antioxidant levels in food through organic farming and food processing.
5. Supporting organic foods will help produce healthier and better tasting Food
Scientists have proven that organic food tastes better, without the chemical aftertaste. It makes sense foods taste better when raised in harmony with nature. New research verifies that organic produce is lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food.
6. Supporting and buying Organic Food will also help Assist Family Farmers
Supporting organic will help family farmers everywhere. According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, there are approximately 10,000 certified organic producers in the U.S. 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. Supporting organic foods will help prevent and avoid Poor Science in Your Food
By supporting organic foods you will help prevent and avoid Cloned foods, GMOs and rBGH. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only 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 regulation.
8. Supporting organic foods will help all Eat with a Sense of Place
Organic foods demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest the food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting an organic economy year round.
9. Buying and supporting organic will help Promote Biodiversity
Organic farms produce an incredibly healthy environment for animals, birds 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. A great quote by Aldo Leopold was said that, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms clear the native habitat with a focus on high farm yields without any concern to what they destroy.
10. Supporting organic foods will help you Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture
Organic allows for an important cultural revolution where diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one seed from extinction, is an act of biological and cultural conservation. Organic is slower, harder, more complex and more labor-intensive, however, it preserves and protects our human culture everywhere.