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17 Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food

7.† 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.

8.† 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.

9.† 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.

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

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

12.† Organic farms are safer for farm workers. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a 70% increase in Parkinsonís 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 Parkinsonís or other illnesses.

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

14.† Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk.† The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% 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.

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

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

17.† 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.

Adapted from† The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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1:14PM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Thanks, if it is best for the environment it is best for you!

7:22PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thank you.

12:59AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

7:18PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

thanks

1:21PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

We grow organic fruit, veggies and flowers on our farm

2:39PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Very useful information!

7:44PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

thanks

4:23AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you :)

2:35AM PDT on May 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:29PM PDT on May 21, 2013

The argument of organic food doesn't yield enough food as let's call it what is GMO crops is no excuse to avoid organic. I find it funny that food produced naturally without pesticides has to be called organic when it should be called conventional and GMO should be labeled GMO or lab experiment. Farming is one place science should have left alone. I am tired of hearing that gmos, pesticides and herbacudes are needed to produce large yeilds if food. We all should be eating organic locally grown food. The only reason farms need to produce large yeilds is for export nd for profit nothing more. Organic isn't that much more expensive than gmo in most cases its a 50 cents difference or a dollar isn't your health worth that difference.

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