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.