Eight Reasons Eating Organic is Important to You and the World around You

Eight Reasons Eating Organic is Important to You and the World around You

It seems like everyone is talking about organic foods like it’s  some kind of buzz word or status symbol. I suppose for some, it might be. But for many of us, it’s a way of life that takes us back to a more natural way of living and farming.

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Now, I don’t mean to sound like one of those doom and gloom, anti-establishment types. I don’t  disparage anyone for choosing the foods that they do. Sometimes it’s an economic necessity. Other times it’s  simply not having enough information about what’s really going on with our food. Sometimes it’s just apathy.

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings. ~ Helen Keller

I’m not sure what I can do about the apathetic, but for people like you who may have budgeting obstacles or are trying to find more information about what’s going into you bodies, may this article will help you see the light.

So why go organic?

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Organic eating has a number of benefits and here are just a few of them:

1. Organic produce is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers

2. While people may not be quite as concerned, eating organic can help you avoid foods that have been irradiated. Government bodies tout the irradiation process as helpful in reducing harmful bacteria, preventing spoilage and increasing shelf life of foods. However, irradiation reduces the nutritional value of your foods and there is growing concern by researchers that the process may not be as safe as previously thought.

3. Avoidance of genetically modified foods or GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

4. Organic livestock is fed its natural diet, rather than potentially contaminated grains, antibiotics and hormones. This is in contrast to conventionally-raised livestock that get hormones to help them grow faster and antibiotics are given in masses as a preventative measure to illness. The scary thing is that the preventative measure may be necessary given the poor hygienic conditions of the animals. With organic, animals are raised more humanely and more naturally, eliminating the need for these potentially dangerous situations for both livestock and human.

5. Organic growing contributes to improved soil quality. A lot of people don’t realize it, but our soils are so depleted that we no longer get the nutrients we did from our foods a few decades ago. In order to obtain the certified organic label from the USDA, soil must be free of prohibited chemicals for three years and the increased soil quality is a necessary goal for organic farmers. To learn more about a variety of soil studies, check this out.

6. Organic farming is more wildlife friendly. From animals to plant species, a more natural ecology is supported through organic methods.

7. Buying organic allows you to support your local economy and farmers. This is a no brainer because you get fresher foods and you can help support your local markets.

There are so many reasons to go organic and this post touches on just a few of them. Here is  the most immediate one that people can really appreciate. Organic foods simply taste better. This is real food, free of all unnecessary human interventions and inventions. It’s  natures perfection and once you try it, you probably will try  not to go back to other options.  Of course, this still leaves the issue of cost and how organic food seems unaffordable to many families today. Well, that is exactly what we will be talking about in my next post.

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