Okanagan-Shuswap Food: 10 Benefits Of Eating Organic
Here are ten reasons you should start buying & eating organic:
- Organic products meet high standards
Organic certification ensures that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without toxic chemical inputs.
- Organic food tastes better
Well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that are more nourishing food for people (and animals that, in turn, become food for people)
- Organic production reduces your health risks
Chemical pesticides long-ago approved by the EPA have since been linked to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture avoids these chemicals, keeping them out of the air, earth and water around us.
- Organic farmers build healthy soil
The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that maintains and builds healthy soils over time.
- Organic farms respect our water resources
Soil building using natural fertilizers instead of polluting chemicals which cause nitrogen leaching protects and conserves water resources.
- Organic farmers benefit nature's eco-system
Organic agricultural balance the needs of a healthy ecosystem, encouraging wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
- Organic producers fuel innovative research
Organic farmers have, largely at their own expense, developed innovative research in reducing farming use of pesticide use as well as agriculture's environmental impact.
- Organic producers preserve/encourage species diversity
Biodiversity of natural and husbanded (farmed) species affects the environments ability to adapt to changes. Organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting, preserving, and growing unique and unusual seeds.
- Organic offers abundance & choices for Foods and non-food crops.
Every food category has organic options, and other non-food crops (like cotton) are also being grown organically.
- Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy
Farming has largely become an industrial process. In 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture helps small farms thrive by providing an alternative market with better prices for higher quality crops.