By N. Curtis
The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture legally require organic food to be pesticide and chemical free. What this means to you as the average consumer shopping at the local supermarket is that you now have the option to buy food that’s guaranteed to be healthy, nutritious, and natural.
To truly understand and get the big picture, here are some reasons why organic food is better:
1. Lower your risk of getting cancer.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 90% of fungicides, 60% of herbicides, and 30% insecticides can contribute to the development of cancer. Avoiding these carcinogenic chemicals can help you stay healthy, and protect yourself from potentially life-threatening diseases.
2. Preserve natural resources.
The use of chemicals is not only harmful to humans, but it can also have a significant negative impact on air and water quality. Chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are contaminants that are frequently found in groundwater, including water supplies that are consumed by millions of people. By eating organic foods you can help keep water clean and safe for human consumption.
3. Support local farmers.
They are dedicated to providing people with high-quality, chemical-free products. Large food manufacturers are able to produce more food at a lower cost because they use shortcuts such as pesticides and other synthetic chemicals. As a result, local farmers that produce organic food have a hard time staying in business because they simply can’t compete with larger suppliers. Buying organic food helps support small farmers who refuse to trade in quality for quantity.
4. Protect the environment.
Large agricultural manufacturing plants have much higher energy consumption than local farmers who only use natural methods to produce their food. By buying organic food, you’ll not only be supporting small farmers, but also saving energy and protecting the environment.
5. Support wildlife and biodiversity.
Pesticides are dangerous to animals that can become sick if they come in contact with many types of synthetic chemicals used in agriculture. Another agricultural practice that hurts biodiversity is planting the same type of crop on the same plot of land over and over again. The soil eventually becomes depleted, and farmers have to increasingly rely on fertilizers and pesticides to produce the same amount of food. Break this cycle by eating organic food, which is grown using traditional farming methods.
6. Protect the younger generation.
Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of chemicals that are frequently used in food production. Research has shown that children consume four times as many carcinogenic chemicals as adults because they tend to eat foods that contain artificial ingredients. Children should eat a healthy diet composed of organic foods that contain all the essential nutrients their bodies need to grow up strong and healthy.
7. Support innovative research.
Organic farmers are at the forefront of developing environmentally friendly methods of producing delicious, chemical-free food. Eating organic food can be your way of helping them fund the research that will revolutionize the food industry.
8. Organic farmers work in much better conditions.
Employees who work in large food manufacturing plants are exposed to pesticides that are commonly used in food production and can develop serious diseases as a result. According to a study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is a 70% increase in cases of Parkinson’s disease among workers who handle pesticides. By eating organic food, you can help end unfair treatment of workers who are regularly exposed to harmful chemicals that can potentially shorten their lives.
9. Organic foods do not contain neurotoxins.
Neurotoxins can damage your brain and nerve cells. Many food suppliers use pesticides known as organophosphates to kill pests that attack fruits and vegetables. The problem with using them is that organophosphates can be harmful to humans as well. In fact, they were used as a toxic nerve agent designed to disable the enemy during World War I. By eating organic foods, you can avoid dangerous neurotoxins that can harm your body.
10. Organic foods taste better.
Not only are they better-tasting, organic products are also more nutritious. Organic foods have more minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients than mass-produced food that has been treated with chemicals.
There should be no more doubts about why organic food is better. I hope I persuaded you into making the right choice. Make sure the foods you buy are USDA certified organic with the seal on them. It is better for you and the environment.