10 Reasons to Buy Organic
Many people question the importance of buying organic foods, including produce, dairy, and meat. With our food industry in jeopardy by large corporations working to control what we eat more and more every day, the only food that we can honestly trust is organic and locally grown. Here are ten reasons why:
1. Organic food is cleaner for your body
Organic food poses no risk of putting chemicals into your body, no risk of adverse reactions to pesticides, plus it makes you feel better. How does it make you feel better, you ask? Well, when our body is so used to pesticides, chemicals and growth hormones, it is constantly trying to fight off these invasive toxins. When you eat organic food, your body doesn’t have to do anything but digest the clean food, leaving you to feel lighter, healthier, and more energetic.
2. Local, organic food delivers more nutrients
Travel distance should always be a concern, especially when buying produce. Fruits and vegetables with a shorter travel distance will have a higher nutrient density than the same produce that has traveled a far distance to reach your plate. Because of this, local organic food offers better health benefits when compared to conventional food. This can also help with seasonal allergies, especially when consuming local honey.
3. Organic foods can be cheaper when bought in bulk
When organic food is in season, it is often cheaper to buy bit especially when purchased in bulk. An added benefit of this is that in-season produce typically has a higher nutrient density, plus a much better flavor.
4. Organic is a more responsible way to eat
Unlike conventionally farmed foods, organic foods have many benefits beyond your health. Organic farming supports a wide array of causes, such as the local economy, movements against GMO and harmful food modifications, and more.
5. Protects farm workers
Many conventional farming methods can promote an unsafe working condition for the farm employees because of the harmful chemicals that are used in food production. Organic farm employees don’t have to worry about these health risks.
6. Helps small farms
The local economy is more important than you may think. By buying organic and local foods you are supporting a local business. Furthermore, you can actually talk to the grower to find out what methods they use. This helps to foster a sense of community among farmers and the public.
7. Free of hormones, GMO, and antibiotics
Organic animal products are free of harmful growth hormones, GMO feed and antibiotics. In addition, organic produce will not be of the GMO variety.
8. Organic farms work in harmony with nature
Organic farming benefits nature and our earth because it works with the natural processes to support healthy soil, water and air. It works against soil erosion by using sustainable growing methods, plus it helps to foster the most fertile and nutrient-dense growing conditions, which makes organic food healthier than conventional. The absence of dangerous pesticides in organic farming also means that our water is being protected as well; pesticides from conventional farming pollute ground water, which is the main source of drinking water for many states.
9. Humane treatment of animals
Organic farming isn’t all about the produce; organic eggs, meat, poultry, and dairy are also large players in the industry and they are just as important as the plants we eat. Organic animal products come from animals who get to graze the pasture and roam around, and cage-free organic eggs come from chickens who get to peck at the ground for worms and bugs as they were meant to. This results in a more natural diet for the animals, which in turn provides more nutritious and flavorful food for us. It fosters a more responsible way to care for Earth’s animals, which we can all be proud of.
10. Protect future generations
Everything that we do to our Earth right now directly affects future generations. If we farm too many Salmon and they become extinct, our children and grand children won’t get to enjoy it like we did. This goes for all plants and animals. To take it one step further, if we allow conventional farming practices to continue as they are then future generations may have an even more skewed perception of what is healthy, which is becoming a growing issue as we speak; children are starting to think that potato chips and french fries are vegetables. By choosing organic and nurturing local communities with sustainable, healthy, and responsible practices, we can be a part of teaching our children and future generations about real food and a more healthy way of life.