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The Importance of Organic Products

The Importance of Organic Products

It isn’t just important for you and your family to eat organic. Organic farming benefits the world at large.

Take the pesticides. Please! (Only half kidding here.) No pesticides on the plant means no pesticide residue gets washed into the environment. That means other plants and animals in the wild won’t be affected. The scarcity of the bald eagle population, for example, was linked to DDT. The DDT and insects poisoned by DDT would get into the water. Fish swam in this water and ate the insects. Eagles would eat the fish and be poisoned by DDT, resulting in sick eagles and eggs with weak shells. Banning DDT resulted in a rise in the population of bald eagles in the U.S.

It’s not only the fish that need that water! Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides can result in polluted groundwater and that can affect all local flora and fauna…including humans. Due to the use of mulch and correctly amended soil, many organic crops need less irrigation, meaning a conservation of water as well as not polluting what water there is.

The Importance of Organic ProductsResponsible management techniques such as crop rotation, organic fertilizer, minimum tilling, cover crops, inter-cropping and symbiotic associations are all important to the control of soil erosion. This not only increases soil biodiversity but reduces nutrient loss. Erosion due to over tillage can result in a low yield and an inferior development in crops. Smart soil conservation leads to healthy crops that will yield for many years.

 global warmingAre you concerned about global warming? You should be! For one thing, the manufacture of synthetic fertilizer takes a lot more energy than simply waiting for Bessie to do her business. Organic farming can actually reduce global warming due to storing more carbon in the soil rather than having it rot above ground. According to a 23 year study at the Rodale Institute, if all croplands in the United States went organic the soil would absorb 580 billion pounds of excess carbon dioxide. That is approximately four times the amount of emissions that would be saved even if the fuel efficiency of all the country’s cars and trucks were doubled.

If you are seriously considering vegetarianism due to concern for animal welfare but just can’t live without milk and eggs, you may consider going organic. The cows and chickens on organic farms are not constantly penned up, but allowed to move about and act naturally. They are not fed animal byproducts but only the most wholesome of silage. Neither are they injected with hormones or antibiotics. A healthy animal results in a healthier product.

If environmental issues such as biodiversity, global warming, nitrogen run-off and soil erosion are important to you, you may want to consider eating organic. This results not only food that is better for you, but a world that is better for future generations.


Why Organic Foods Are Important For Health

Ask yourself this: Would you dip vegetables you were preparing for a salad in poison? Would you pump a little extra trans fat into the hamburger meat you’re about to grill? If not, why are you paying someone to do it for you? Organic foods don’t use chemical pesticides or herbicides. They use natural methods of weed and insect control such as mulching, composting, tilling and (believe it or not) lots and lots of ladybugs! Animals raised on organic farms are not injected with hormones and are fed a GMO free diet that itself is organic. They also have access to the outdoors, insuring a healthier animal and thus healthier meat, milk and eggs.

The chemicals many non-organic farms spray on their produce may not be safe for human consumption. The FDA and EPA cannot be fully counted on here. Many of the 600 active chemicals registered for agricultural use in America were approved by the EPA before extensive diet testing. As for pesticide residue, the FDA only tests a meager one percent.

Why Organic Foods Are Important For HealthAs a result of crop rotation and naturally managed and nourished soil, organically grown foods have more vitamins, minerals and enzymes making them more nutritious. Organically grown foods are chock full of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Worried about how they taste? Healthy, strong plants result in a product that is richer in flavor. Even the smell and texture improves.

Always keep this in mind. When you eat meat, you eat everything that went into the animal’s body as well. The hormones, antibiotics and other drugs non-organic farms inject into their livestock may not be so healthy for you. And, no, cooking the meat will not burn it out. Animals that are fed meat byproducts (Keep in mind that cows are meant to be strict herbivores.) are laden with all the toxins and chemicals that animal consumed. In humans, growth hormones and unneeded antibiotics can lead to early onset puberty, heightened risk of cancer, tumors and genetic problems.

Organic food is especially important for children and expectant mothers. A child who turns their nose up at mushy canned asparagus or rubbery canned peaches may love the fresher, crisper varieties. A woman who’s eating for two has to be mindful of every single thing that goes into her body, including what exactly is in the food she eats. Children fed organic diets have very low levels of metabolites in their bodies due to not consuming anything sprayed with pesticides. Organic food is significantly high in omega-3 fatty acids, the good fat that encourages the absorption of nutrients that a growing body needs. No fewer than three separate studies have shown that children born to women who ate organic while pregnant have higher IQs than their peers. Children fed an organic diet are overall healthier with less of a tendency to asthma, ADD and childhood obesity.

Anyone looking to improve their health may want to consider an all organic diet. If you have a little one to feed, you may want to seriously consider organic for them as well.