With diabetes, heart disease and cancer rates soaring, and pollution wreaking havoc on the planet’s climate patterns, it’s no surprise why more people are going for anything “organic”. Why? Because organic food is healthier, for us and the planet. According to the American Cancer Society, 85% of cancers are from environmental toxins like pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and not from genetic causes. Organic food also requires less water, fewer or no pesticides, and doesn’t cause soil erosion.
Here are 5 reasons why organic food is a wonderful source of nutrients.
Organic Farming Uses Less Chemicals
There’s mounting evidence which supports the merits of going organic, and among these is the fact that organic produce uses less, if not zero, chemicals. In the concept of organic production, a limited use of chemical substance is used, and no genetically-modified seeds or organisms are used.
Based on a study made by the National Academy of Sciences, 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for any long-term health effects. Hence, they’re not determined to be truly safe for human, or even animal, consumption. The US FDA on the other hand, only tests 1% of all food items for pesticide residue.
Organic Food Contains a Rich Amount of Nutrients
Since the farming and production process does not use, or uses only a minimal amount, of chemical substances, organic foods are able to retain their nutrients. Hence, organic foods are noted to be richer in nutrients like Vitamins A, B and C, iron, magnesium, zinc and others.
Organic Farming Builds Healthy Soil
With the use of compost, crop rotation and other natural tools or farming techniques, organic agriculture helps build healthy soil. As compared to conventional agricultural practices which are heavily dependent on petroleum-based synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, organic agriculture absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, reduces harmful agricultural runoff, and combats climate change.
Organic Farming Supports a Healthy Biodiversity
Go to a true-blue organic farm today, and you’ll see just how committed the farmers are to producing healthy and all-natural produce. You’ll also find that these farmers also put a premium on protecting the environment, and ensure that all their practices and methods respect the value of a healthy and balanced ecosystem.
When You Buy Organic, You Pay For the True Cost of Food
When a person buys organic products, they are actually paying for the true cost of the product. But in conventional agriculture, there are lots of hidden costs which all consumers pay indirectly, and these are called agricultural “externalities”. These added, hidden costs include damage to the soil, water resources, wildlife, ecosystem biodiversity as well as human health.
The organic bandwagon is fast gaining more adherents today. In the US for example, and in other western countries, public schools and health care facilities are now buying organic and other certified food, and are buying them from local producers. Many schools and health care centers are becoming fast-food free zones too, with vending machines banned, and unhealthy snacks replaced with healthy food choices.
Many hospitals are also hosting farmer’s markets on their facilities, and are creating hospital gardens to grow their own fresh produce. Food, and other non-hazardous hospital waste are now composted, diverted and reduced as well.