15 Reasons to Eat Organic Food

1. In study after study, research from independent organizations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditional foods. Research shows that organic produce is higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium.

2. They’re free of neurotoxins–toxins that are damaging to brain and nerve cells. A commonly-used class of pesticides called organophosphates was originally developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I. When there was no longer a need for them in warfare, industry adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins.

3. They’re supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies. Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use (and therefore safety).

4. They are real food, not pesticide factories. Eighteen percent of all genetically-modified seeds (and therefore foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides. Research shows that these seeds may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them! Foods that are actually pesticide factories…no thanks.

5. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water.

6. Organic food is earth-supportive (when big business keeps their hands out of it). Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future. Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.

7. Organic food choices grown on small-scale organic farms help ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood. Consider it the domestic version of fair trade.

8. Most organic food simply tastes better than the pesticide-grown counterparts.

9. Organic food is not exposed to gas-ripening like some non-organic fruits and vegetables (like bananas).

10. Organic farms are safer for farm workers. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a 70 percent increase in Parkinson’s disease among people exposed to pesticides. Choosing organic foods means that more people will be able to work on farms without incurring the higher potential health risk of Parkinson’s or other illnesses.

11. Organic food supports wildlife habitats. Even with commonly used amounts of pesticides, wildlife is being harmed by exposure to pesticides.

12. Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides potentially cancer-causing. It is reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.

13. Choosing organic meat lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and drugs that find their way into the animals and ultimately into you.

14. Organic food is tried and tested. By some estimates genetically-modified food makes up 80% of the average person’s food consumption. Genetic modification of food is still experimental. Avoid being part of this wide scale and uncontrolled experiment.

15. Organic food supports greater biodiversity. Diversity is fundamental to life on this planet. Genetically-modified and non-organic food is focused on high yield monoculture and is destroying biodiversity.

401 comments

Brett Cloud
Brett Cloud2 months ago

Doesn't Portland have a vegan supermarket?

Arye W.
Arye W.4 months ago

I just came across a new all organic supermarket in Brooklyn called Organic Circle it's a beautiful store huge selection and it's only organic and on top of all the prices are very good i think it's break through in the healthy living I wish them good luck

Cynthia Brickner
Cynthia Bricknerabout a year ago

I am greatly encouraged by those who give us helpful information and advocate for "real" food unadulterated by chemicals and genetically unaltered. The tide is turning. Keep up the good fight by continuing to inform us!

J. J.
J. J.2 years ago

As much as I would like to be able to buy organic everyday, it's just not within my current budget...Not to mention ridiculously priced. It's amazing how much the world has evolved...

Richard T.
Richard T.3 years ago

Thank you!

Azle B.
Azle B.3 years ago

Organic food shows better nutrition if the trace elements (from tree leaves compost) are considered. The micronutrients support the production of enzymes that we need to absorb and use nutrition.

MagyarOffline Girl
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanx.

Will R.
Will R.3 years ago

We can debate on the fact whether organic food is more nutritious or not but their is no denying the fact that it is much more safer to eat as it contains less or no chemicals at all unlike conventionally grown food which is doing a big harm to our body. It is high time that we switch back to the organic farming methods.

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Irma V.
Irma Vazquez4 years ago

I've noticed that organic produce and milk stay fresh longer in the refrigerator than do conventional products. What explains that?

Irma V.
Irma Vazquez4 years ago

The New York Times had a recent article that indicated that with greater demands for "organic" foods, growers are now part of the agribusiness conglomerate. They are taking shortcuts, using pesticides that metabolize quickly and are therefore undetectable, and depleting water supplies. The articles and subsequent responses also state that standards are not being strictly enforced in some places. How would you respond to these arguments?

A supporter of sustainability in everything - Irma V.