Organic Food is Healthy and Safe
Health and safety should not be confused with nutrition. While most research can’t prove, beyond a doubt that organic food is more nutritious, it is much safer, which may translate to a healthier body, able to absorb healthy nutrients.
Non-organic food often contains harmful hormones and pesticides. Pesticides are poisonous – by nature they’re designed to kill. Pesticides can cause neurological problems, cancer, infertility, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies and asthma, wheezing, rashes and other skin problems, ADHD, birth defects and more. Logic 101 says don’t eat poison, right? Why not go organic and avoid pesticides?
Organic Food Builds Strong Future Generations
It’s comforting to imagine unborn babies protected and safe in the womb, but research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that chemicals, pesticides in food and other pollutants cross the placenta.
These pesticides and other toxins can create health risks for babies. Many studies link pesticides to low birth weight, birth defects, neurological and behavioral problems, disrupted hormone function, autism and cancer.
Pesticides and chemicals have also been linked to infertility problems in males and females. When parents-to-be choose organic food, their baby-to-be is exposed to fewer health risks.
Organic Food Keeps Our Water Clean
Pesticides and chemicals don’t belong in drinking water, lakes or oceans, but right now most of the water on earth is at risk. Surface water runoff from non-organic farms and other non-organic food operations can deposit pesticides into lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
Companies who dispose of pesticides incorrectly can contaminate soil and drinking water supplies as well. Many pesticides don’t break down in water and may remain in the water system for years. Organic food farming methods help to keep water clean plus uses less water, thus preserving the earth’s water supplies.
Organic Food Helps Protect Animals
Wild animals, fish and birds depend upon healthy plants, streams, rivers and lakes in their habitat. When pesticides infiltrate animal habitats many creatures suffer.
U.S. policy surrounding organic livestock is not perfect. Organic livestock rulescenter less on a happy lifestyle and more on how animals are fed and treated medically. Still, research shows that organic livestock are more likely to be treated better than non-organic livestock.
As time goes on, consumer demand for animal welfare is sure to factor into organic certification policy. Buying organic does help animals. You can also look for theAnimal Welfare Approved label.
Organic Food Results in Less Soil Erosion
Everyone should be worried about soil erosion. A Cornell University study, Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat, notes that soil erosion promotes flooding and drought. Soil erosion results in excess dust in the air, which blows around causing air pollution.
Worse, according to the Cornell study, this excess dust, “Carries about 20 human infectious disease organisms, including anthrax and tuberculosis.” Conservation tillage, cover crops, windbreaks and other sustainable farming methods used on organic farms help control soil erosion. Soil from organic farms is also pesticide-free and won’t add pesticides into the air