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Best Benefits of Organic Foods

Updated on November 24, 2014

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Organic food is fresher because local farmers grow it

The demand for organic foods is increasing all over the world and especially here in America. Organic food stuffs are a great investment in a healthier life for anyone eating them. There are a variety to choose from in the marketplace today. Several years ago there were only a handful of places to buy in most cities. This has expanded and grown to become the norm rather than the exception.

We gain tons of benefits from eating organically grown foods. Read more about the advantages received from adding these to our table on a routine basis.

What are organic foods?

Organic foods are identified as different from other types of foodstuffs because the crops are grown in soil safe from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. These are crops which have not been genetically modified in any way. If you are considering buying and eating organic there are some things you should know about the best benefits of turning your grocery shopping in this direction.

Best benefit of eating organic

The most popular reason people buy organic foods is because they are considered safer. Study after study have shown there are fewer pesticides and fertilizers used in producing them for the marketplace. Conventional crops are raised using man made enrichments, stimulants and insect killers. The crops grown in this manner still have these chemicals on the them when we buy and eat them. Regardless of how you wash and cook your food, it is impossible to remove all of the influences this process leaves behind.

Washing and cooking non organic foods leave these same chemicals behind in our water sources after the crop has been picked and distributed. Less pesticides and fertilizers in our soil and water is always a good thing for current and future generations.

How does non organic affect our body

An accumulation of these chemicals over time affects the body's immune system as well as other negative influences on the body. Pesticides are most harmful to pregnant women and their fetuses as well as children

The buildup of these compounds causes delays in the brain's development process and normal body growth in small children. This is also true for pregnant women with developing fetuses. Studies have shown the possibility the growth of fetuses is compromised by these chemicals.

Some people have experienced physical ailments as a result as adults as a by-product of ingesting these as children or over a long period of time. These ailments are typically seen in the form of weakened immune systems. A weak immune system opens the body up for a host of diseases and disorders, some of which are life threatening.

Many of us have some measurement of all of these chemicals in our bodies from years of eating foods grown and processed with these elements.Less chemicals is the best long term benefit of organic foods. This is the biggest advantage the next generation will realize.

Organic food is fresher

Non organic foods have preservatives added. Preservatives are added in order to make it last longer. Lasting longer means it looks better, stays fresher and is available on store shelves for an extended amount of time. At the very least longer than foodstuffs which do not have these additives inserted.

Because organic foods are without preservatives they are on the shelf less time making your selections or choices on the shelf much more fresher. Additionally, these are produced on smaller farms which sell locally instead of shipping across the country like their larger counterparts. Shipping farther away means keeping them fresher longer and adding more preservatives to make it happen.

Supporting local farmers is a great thing. This means more rural culture and farming survives longer.

Organic farms help the environment

Organic farmers use much fewer chemicals in their farming. This means the soil these crops are grown in as well as the air and water around these farms are healthier. Additionally, farming healthier means looking toward the future to make the soil, air and water last longer for the next generations.

Organic farms are better for the animals around them. Birds have better health because the air is better as well as fish in the water. Water around these is substantially less polluted. This is a result of less contaminated farming soil runoff. Additionally, the people working on these farm areas harvesting crops are in a healthier environment while they earn a living.

Helping our environment stay healthy and strong is a long term benefit we all realize from organic farming taking place.

In conclusion

These are several benefits of organic foods for our current and generations yet to come. Organic foods are better for our body and the environment. The food is fresher and our bodies receive less negative impact because the amounts of pesticides and other chemicals are substantially less. Not only do humans benefit, animals also see advantages from taking better care of the environment in farming organically.

Consider eating organic foods for all of the reasons shown here. Most importantly we have a responsibility to do everything possible to keep things better overall for future generations. Not only for humans, but animals as well as the world itself. Although we have not relied heavily on organic farming for American foodstuffs, the sooner we invest more in it the better.

What are your thoughts?

Do you buy organic foods as a rule?

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Organic versus non organic foods-what is the difference?

Lots of people shy away from organic foods, like fruits and vegetables, because they mistakenly believe they are substantially more expensive than non organic. Overall on the average the difference in costs is a mere couple of cents.

Compare the prices of organic and non organic, but filter in the future cost to our children and grandchildren. It does make a difference for the future what we do now.

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    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I eat a lot of organic foods because I have a large garden each year and can my own vegetables. The taste better then vegetables in the cans at the store. I grow enough to last all year. I also live near a lot of farmers, so I get some from them and can those. And the farmers I am friends with give me some veggies for free. This is a very good hub because it is true. I hope more people read it.

    • hazelwood4 profile image

      hazelwood4 6 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Smcopywrite, I work for one of the largest food retailers in America, and we have a huge selection of organic foods. I love the fact that we are trying to concentrate on buying more organically grown vegetables and fruit from local farmers here in Kentucky. I have noticed that the prices are few cents higher on organic products, but I believe the quality of the produce makes up for the price! Thank you for sharing!

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      Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey SM

      I think you should mention that not all organic foods are held to the same standard. There are %100 organic, %95 organic, %70 organic and "made with organic ingredients". The only one really worth paying extra for is %100 and the label should state that fact. If you buy %95 organic, what is the other %5? As usual it is buyer beware!

      I wrote a hub recently about food labeling that explains some of the fraud and the vital info buried on labels.