If you’re reading this article, you are probably someone who wants to become more health conscious and to make healthier choices in your eating habits and lifestyle. You know intuitively that organic food is good for you and science tells you that organic is better for you than food sprayed with toxic pesticides designed to kill.
Organic isn’t a new idea. Before World War II, all crops were organic. It was only afterward that farmers started to use, synthetic pesticides and chemicals to minimize weed, insects, and rodent damage. One popular myth is that farmers can’t grow enough to supply organic food for all. If we had a large-scale shift in thinking, it would be possible for our lands to be developed to yield organic produce as they did before World War II.
Organic food gives you all the things you are looking for, grown naturally the way nature intended it. Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. They don’t use fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, herbicides, insecticides, sewage sludge or any genetically modified organisms. Along with this awareness of wanting to eat healthy foods usually comes a concern for how we treat the environment. As we become more educated about how conventional farming destroys soil and pollute our waters, it is only natural to want to buy organic food that has been grown by sustainable agricultural methods that avoids the unnecessary pollution caused by fertilizers and pesticides. Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem.
Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. A recent study by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggest that children are the most vulnerable to adverse health effects from pesticide exposure, particularly during critical life stages when the brain is still developing. Also the organic foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than convention foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices. Organic farmers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil to grow a mixture of crops that are bursting with flavor. Researchers say that organic goods taste better because nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants. It’s the absence of these dangerous chemicals in organic agriculture that we believe makes organic food inherently healthier. So if you’re still wondering whether synthetic toxic pesticides in your food are harmful, google the pesticide name in searchbar and type “health effects” and see what you get.
When it comes to organic, you know exactly what’s in your food. So you can rest assured it tastes great too! Organic farming is good, because spending money in the toxic-free, organically grown food, bursting with more nutrition, taste— is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.