Why Organic Matters

Next time you’re grocery shopping and considering if spending the extra change is worth it for the organic version, think about this:

1. Choosing organic means supporting the non-toxic world you want by creating a demand for sustainable produce. Organic agriculture supports local farmers and often your local economy. It also means supporting the farmers who are making the right choice.

2. Some studies have found that organic produce contains more nutrients than conventional produce.

3. Conventional agriculture uses a lot of chemicals, which are poisoning people as well as the planet. According to The National Academy of Sciences, 90 percent of the chemicals applied to foods haven’t even been tested for long-term health effects before they are deemed “safe.” And would you believe that the FDA tests only 1 percent of foods for pesticide residue?

4. Pesticides kill more than bugs, they kill our soil, air and contain carcinogens that hurt people. Pesticides used on conventional produce deplete our precious top-soil which we need to grow nutritious food containing the vitamins and minerals our bodies require to thrive.

5. Creating a demand for organic helps to repair our broken food system. Currently in our system, companies using toxic pesticides are getting subsidies, while the smaller non-toxic organic companies have to jump through hoops and pay to play.

6. More than 90 percent of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products. According to The Union of Concerned Scientists, around 70 percent of antibiotics produced are fed to conventionally grown animals in the United States , and for nontherapeutic purposes. U.S. farmers give growth and sex hormones to cattle to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce without requiring extra feed. These remain in complete form because even at high temperatures, these hormones can’t be broken down and pass directly into the products and therefore into the consumer.

7. GMOs: Over 60 countries require GMO labeling or ban them entirely. These include, Japan, Australia and the entire European Union. GMOs are not allowed in organic food. The chemicals used on conventional crops such as Roundup, have also created superweeds that are taking over hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands. Roundup has also been found to contain carcinogens.

8. Lesson our dependence on oil: Conventional fertilizers utilize petrochemicals, meaning choosing conventional produce adds to the demand for oil. Heartbroken over oil spills? Be part of the solution by lessening your demand for that oil by choosing organic. Making the connection between our food choices and their environmental impact is empowering.

9. Prevention: Pay now or pay later. Pay a few extra cents now, or pay with your health later. Chemicals used on conventional agriculture are linked to many health risks including cancer.

10. Bees: pesticides, specifically neonics used in conventional agriculture have been linked to CCD-Colony Collapse Disorder which is killing massive amounts of bees worldwide. This is a huge concern because bees pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat.

When organic isn’t available, take the EWG Dirty Dozen list into consideration, and do your best to avoid the most pesticide laden foods.

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Magda Freedom Rod is a certified yoga instructor, health & lifestyle guide and founder of Visionary LifestyleandConscious Eating 101. She helps people activate their highest potential through conscious eating, yoga and sustainable lifestyle guidance. Visit www.Visionary-Lifestyle.com today to join her mailing list and receive recipes and healthy lifestyle tips! Check out Conscious Eating 101 to get her free eBook.

 

94 comments

Monica D
Monica D7 months ago

I like the first reason.

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Jeramie D
Jeramie D8 months ago

I only buy organic and am glad to support organic farmers.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

Organic tastes better but is more expensive. If I buy non organic produce, we wash them with soap and water before eating.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn2 years ago

thank you

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sandra vito
Sandra Vito2 years ago

Gracias

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Teresa W.
Teresa W2 years ago

thank you

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emma KENNY2 years ago

thanks

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Vikram S.
Vikram S2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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