01 Organic Food Is Healthy and Safe
You may hear, “Organic food isn’t any more nutritious — so don’t waste your money.” However, The Soil Association notes that an organic diet increases the consumption of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.
Health and safety should not be confused with nutrition. While most research can’t prove, beyond a doubt that organic food is more nutritious, it is much safer, which may translate to a healthier body, able to absorb healthy nutrients.
Non-organic food often contains harmful hormones and pesticides. Pesticides are poisonous — by nature, they’re designed to kill. Pesticides can cause neurological problems, cancer, infertility, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies and asthma, wheezing, rashes, and other skin problems, ADHD, birth defects and more. Basic logic would tell you not to eat poison, so why not go organic and avoid pesticides?
02 Organic Food Builds Strong Future Generations
It’s comforting to imagine unborn babies protected and safe in the womb, but research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that chemicals, pesticides in food and other pollutants cross the placenta.
These pesticides and other toxins can create health risks for babies. Many studies link pesticides to low birth weight, birth defects, neurological and behavioral problems, disrupted hormone function, autism, and cancer.
Pesticides and chemicals have also been linked to infertility problems in males and females. When parents-to-be choose organic food, their baby-to-be is exposed to fewer health risks.
03 Organic Food Keeps Our Water Clean
Pesticides and chemicals don’t belong in drinking water, lakes or oceans, but right now most of the water on earth is at risk. Surface water runoff from non-organic farms and other non-organic food operations can deposit pesticides into lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
Companies who dispose of pesticides incorrectly can contaminate soil and drinking water supplies as well. Many pesticides don’t break down in water and may remain in the water system for years. Organic food farming methods help to keep water clean plus use less water, thus preserving the earth’s water supplies.
04 Organic Food Results in Less Soil Erosion
Everyone should be worried about soil erosion. A Cornell University study, “Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat”, notes that soil erosion promotes flooding and drought. Soil erosion results in excess dust in the air, which blows around causing air pollution.
Worse, according to the Cornell study, this excess dust, “Carries about 20 human infectious disease organisms, including anthrax and tuberculosis.” Conservation tillage, cover crops, windbreaks and other sustainable farming methods used on organic farms help control soil erosion. Soil from organic farms is also pesticide-free and won’t add pesticides into the air.
05 Organic Food Offers Outstanding Flavor
Taste is subjective, but you’re more likely to get fresher flavor with organic. Organic foods don’t contain artificial preservatives, so they sit on the shelf for less time, and consumers get a fresher, better tasting product.
Prepared organic foods are really where taste difference come in. Organic foods don’t contain chemical fake flavors, so the true taste of the food shines through. For example, try a taste test between organic and non-organic ketchup — the organic ketchup tastes like fresh tomatoes while the conventional tastes like it were seasoned with fake tomato flavoring.