Organic Foods Why Buy Organic
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Top 5 Reasons to buy organic
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Top 5 reasons to buy organic
Before we get into the top 5 reasons to buy organic I want to define ‘organic’.
Certified Organic means;
Seeds have to be produced free of any disallowed chemicals
The food product is grown in soil that has been free of pesticides for a number of years
Have an absence of any disallowed fertilizers, food additives, human or animal waste, pesticides, hormones. The list is extensive and varies state to state and country to country.
This is not a comprehensive overview, just the basics.
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Environment Chemicals used in the production of food damage the soil and environments around them. Run off from industrial agriculture seeps into the ground and nearby water resources and as a result poisons plant and wild life in the area. Once these chemicals have seeped into the ground they poison our drinking water.
Human health Workers involved in agriculture production are constantly exposed to toxic chemicals and often get sick from exposure, long term affects can lead to cancer, lung problems and other diseases. The chemicals that our food is grown with can cause health problems for adults and children through consumption, children are the most susceptible. Some of the symptoms irritations caused by pesticides include but are not limited too; rash, itchy skin, eye irritation, breathing problems, cognitive function can be impaired from long term or acute exposure, allergic reactions to name a few.
Nutrition Organic foods contain more nutrients than traditional agriculturally produced foods. Organic food tends to have more fatty acids (important for brain function and heart health), vitamins and antioxidants (important to maintain overall body and mind health).
Help the small farmer Generally organic foods are produced on a smaller scale than traditional agriculture products are. When you purchase organically grown food most of the products come from small farmers who work to support their families and community by providing jobs for individuals near by.
Save energy less waste Organic farmers use less energy and produce less waste than traditional agricultural producers. Organic farmers use less energy because their operations are done on a smaller scale, than the larger traditional agricultural producers, and they are also more aware of the industries effect on the environment. They use less chemicals and recycle as much of their production as they can to save money and protect the environment.
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