Hello and Greetings to – The Benefits of Organic Food Part 1
This is the first part, in a series of ten articles on the benefits of organic food by Guest writer, Joseph Patrick, published every Wednesday starting today.
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Top Reasons Going Organic is Important to You,
Your Family and our Planet.
It seems like everyone is talking about the benefits of organic food like it’s some kind of buzz word or status symbol.
I suppose for some, it might be.
But for many of us, it’s a way of life that takes us back to a more natural way of living and farming.
One that has been destroyed by the way machine food production has become today.
Now, I don’t mean to sound like one of those doom and gloom, anti-establishment types.
I don’t disparage anyone for choosing the foods that they do. Sometimes it’s an economic necessity. Other times it’s simply not having enough information about what’s really going on with our food. Sometimes it’s just apathy.
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings.” ~ Helen Keller
I’m not sure what I can do about the apathetic, but for people like you who may have budgeting obstacles or are trying to find more information about what’s going into you bodies, I am here to help.
So the first natural question is…why go organic and what are the benefits?
Organic eating has a number of benefits and here are just a few of them:
Even if you wash your produce, you cannot remove all these harmful chemicals that can affect your nervous system, cause cancer and more.
Also consider that conventional farming which uses harmful chemicals can contribute to the contamination of our water supply, so supporting organic, you are also supporting:
While people may not be quite as concerned, eating organic food can help you avoid foods that have been irradiated.
Government bodies tout the irradiation process as helpful in reducing harmful bacteria, preventing spoilage and increasing shelf life of foods.
However, irradiation reduces the nutritional value of your foods and there is growing concern by researchers that the process may not be as safe as previously thought.
Avoidance of genetically modified foods or GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
While huge biotechnology companies will have you believing that they are increasing the viability of crop growing, there are long-term dangers in GMOs that have caused them to be banned by much of Europe and Japan.
This is in contrast to conventionally-raised livestock that get hormones to help them grow faster and antibiotics are given en-masse as a preventative measure to illness.
The scary thing is that the preventative measure may be necessary given the poor hygienic conditions of the animals.
A lot of people don’t realize it, but our soils are so depleted that we no longer get the nutrients we did from our foods a few decades ago.
In order to obtain the certified organic label from the USDA, soil must be free of prohibited chemicals for three years and the increased soil quality is a necessary goal for organic farmers.
To learn more about a variety of soil studies, check out www.ota.com/organic/benefits/soil.html
From animals to plant species, a more natural ecology is supported through organic methods.
There are many studies supporting this including a study from the University of Oxford that found that there is increased biodiversity on organically farmed land.
This is good for you because you get fresher foods and also reduces the pollution that results from food transport.
There are so many reasons to go organic and this post touches on just a few of them.
Here’s the most immediate one that people can really appreciate.
It’s nature’s perfection and once you try it, you probably won’t want to go back to your other options.
Of course, this still leaves the issue of cost and how organic food seems unaffordable to many families today.
Well, that is exactly what we’ll be talking about in my next post.
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