Eating organic is a win-win solution to many of our national health problems, as well as environmental issues. Here are some of the benefits, and why you should make the switch.
You may think organic food is too expensive to buy on a regular basis, but is it really?
If you add up the long-term costs to our health – and to the environment – of widespread pesticide use, it quickly becomes clear that the costs of eating industrially produced foods are astronomically higher.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to switch all at once! Adding just one organic item to your shopping cart each week will make a big difference, and will tell food producers that we want more organic options. As demand grows, prices will decline (they already have substantially in many areas).
Here’s why eating organic is so important:
Benefits of organic food for health
Non organic produce routinely has chemicals added to it at different points of its growth and production. To begin with, seeds could be genetically modified (GM). The detrimental effects of GM foods are not yet fully understood and could easily be worse than we think.
In addition, chemicals and artificial processes are also used for ripening and for growing unseasonal varieties of fruit and vegetables. When you eat organic, you avoid all of the chemicals that get added to the produce at different stages of growth.
…..Eating organic meat and dairy means that you can avoid ingesting the hormones and the antibiotics [the animals are given]….
Benefits of organic food for the environment
It is estimated that only about 1% of the pesticides used for farming actually do the job they are meant to and as much as 99% of the chemicals leech into the environment – polluting and contaminating the soil and water…. This endangers many species and has in fact caused some to become extinct….
Sustainable and organic farming practices such as using natural soil enhancers and pest repellents as well as practicing crop rotation….help to retain biodiversity and protect local species of flora and fauna while also helping to improve soil stability.
For more information, visit http://www.gouri.info/green-living/benefits-of-organic-food.