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Organic Foods Why Buy Organic

Updated on July 25, 2012

The hub is in response to the question asked by stephhicks68

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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Reason #1

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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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      @Julieonline Thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear that you found me on Chimein. I think it is important to eat organic for many reasons. You cannot go wrong. Thanks again :)

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      Julieonline 6 years ago

      Great hub! I found your link to this hub in Chime tonight. Organic is not only a better way to eat but stephhicks68 is correct.. support the farmers at ground floor level!!

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comment. Yes it is more expensive but still cheaper than meat in many cases.

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      Nithya Venkat 6 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, useful and informative. Organic is always a better choice but a bit expensive.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Rtalloni thanks for comment and the compliment. I try to buy at least some of my produce from local organic farmers. We have a local farmers market that I go too.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      This is a great overview on purchasing organic produce. Growing some of our own is a good thing, but the average person cannot grow most of their own. Local farmers producing organic crops is the next best way to be sure of what we are eating. Good stuff you have here!

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      tobusiness Yes there are some regulations for Organic farming they do vary from state to state and country to country. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit and comment.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Steph, I am really happy you liked the hub. Great question! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I must admit,I'm usually suspicious of so called organic products.

      Are the producers just increasing the price for the same old products? It's good to know there are more stringent rules and regulations to protect the consumer. Useful hub Voting up

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Excellent reasons to buy organic produce - I particularly like the one that often gets overlooked, which is to support the local farmer. Thank you for answering the question! Best, Steph