Why Go Organic?
Save the soil.
Our environment is being attacked by chemicals used in non-organic
agricultural production. The average depth of top soil in the United
States was 12" deep at the turn of the 20th Century; it is now down to
1". Other Western countries have fared no better.
Reduce water-carried pollution.
The chemicals used in agricultural production have a huge impact beyond
the farm. These chemicals enter our water system and are carried across
the globe, depleting the earth and slowly poisoning our water resources
as they travel. Pesticide and fertilizer drift is creating dead zones
in major bodies of water which would otherwise be okay.
Prevent birth defects and childhood disease.
Studies show that mothers who consume non-organic foods can pass on the
chemicals in those foods, causing damage to the delicate bodies of their
children. Pesticides and hormones have been shown to cause behavioral
and neurological problems in infants and children. In fact, these same
chemicals can cause infertility or do damage in utero.
Make your tastebuds happy.
Organic foods retain their natural tastes and textures better than
modified foods, giving us sweeter fruits, crisper vegetables, and
grains rich in nutrients. Organic foods are typically not preserved
for months at a time, meaning they are fresher on your plate than the
frozen or preservative-choked foods you normally find in the grocery
Help your body.
Modified foods have more nitrates and fewer antioxidants than organic
foods, meaning they are full of more negative chemicals but don't help
your body get rid of them. Organic foods, on the other hand, have the
exact opposite composition, meaning they give you lots of the good and
little of the bad.
Assist struggling farmers.
With most produce now being grown, modified, and distributed by giant
corporations with questionable business and agricultural practices, the
small farmers are being severely hurt. The majority of organic foods,
however, are grown by smaller cooperatives and farming operations.
Since much of the organic community is regionalized, you are also able
to support more local farmers by buying organic.
Do you have your own reasons for being organic?
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