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All About Organics

If you are thinking about making the switch to more organic products there are a number of benefits for you and your family including your health and the health of the environment. It’s a growing trend. Jump on board and find out more about organics!

Benefits of choosing organic

The majority of people choose organics because they want to avoid pesticides in their food. But there are a number of other benefits you may not have considered yet. Organic production is a management approach that promotes biodiversity, enhances the soil, avoids synthetic chemicals and is good for your health and the environment.

Assurance - As of June 2009, any food labeled organic has to be certified and meet strict standards. With organics you know what you are eating.

Healthier foods, healthier people - Growing organically relies on keeping the soil healthy and fertile. Such systems have the spin off benefit of more nutrients in your food. You also get to avoid pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and overuse of antibiotics. Fertile soil and vital systems creates healthier plants and animals which creates a healthier you!

University research has shown more antioxidants (those beneficial compounds that help fight cancer) in some organic fruits than in conventionally grown varieties.1 Also the research from many sources cite the toxic levels of pesticides in our food and the deleterious long term effects. Children are especially vulnerable. A study in Environmental Health Perspectives found that children who consumed organic fresh fruit and vegetables had lower concentrations of pesticides than children who ate a conventional diet.2

Environment - Pollutants in our rivers or in the soil that leach down to the water table can play havoc with our health, our environment and for wildlife. Organic production works hand in hand with the environment and protects the water and air.

Biodiversity - Organic systems help to enhance biodiversity from the ground up. A living system in the soil means more bacteria, fungi, and other soil organisms thrive. By not polluting the air and water, and by protecting trees, bush and wild spaces on organic farms, a greater diversity of plants and animals is sustained. Plus organic systems tend towards preserving native and endangered species.

Sustainability - eliminating pesticides and persistent fertilizers was thought to be an inefficient system since yields would be decreased. However, long term studies have shown the exact opposite with organic production matching that of conventional production on average. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) study has also found that organic agriculture is the best way forward for feeding the world population! 3

And it tastes great! Fertile soils make for healthy plants which just taste better.

 


Sources Cited:

1. New Evidence Confirms the Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods,” www.organic-center.org/reportfiles/5367_Nutrient_ Content_SSR_FINAL_V2.pdf

2. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Vol. 25 (1), 2006

3. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization www.i-sis.org.uk/FAOPromotesOrganicAgriculture.php

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