Google+ Organic Gardens Network™: 10 Compelling Reasons to Eat Organic

Friday, October 7, 2011

10 Compelling Reasons to Eat Organic

"I have long been a proponent of organic foods - I believe they have NEED. The United Kingdom's Soil Association is the leading organic certifier for that region. They published a list of 10 reasons for eating organic - all of which I agree with." ~ Dr. Andrew Weil

Why Buy Organic?

1. It's healthy.
Organic food tends to contain higher levels of vitamin C, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium.

2. No nasty additives.

Organic food doesn't contain food additives that can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.

3. It avoids pesticides.
More than 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues are often present in non-organic food.

4. No Genetic Modification.
Under organic standards, genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed.

5. There is not a reliance on drugs.

Organic farming standards prohibit the routine use of antibiotics and growth hormones in farm animals.

6. There are no hidden costs.
As taxpayers, we pay for chemicals to be removed from our drinking water - including the pesticide runoff from conventional farms.

7. There are high standards.
Organic food comes from trusted sources that are inspected to ensure compliance to organic standards.

8. Organic methods provide for animals.  
Animal welfare is taken very seriously under organic standards.

9. It's good for wildlife and the environment.
The UK government has said that organic farming is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, produces less carbon dioxide - the main global warming gas - and less dangerous wastes.

10. It's flavorful.
Many people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better.

We agree with all of these. In addition, we consider eating organic to be a main "ingredient" in our personal health care. We feel that by eating cleaner, more healthful foods, we are contributing to the decrease of our need for conventional health care intervention. We prefer to spend a little more now by eating organic, than pay much more later to treat illness. Besides, it just feels good!

What are your reasons for eating organic?

Visit Soil Association for more information, as well

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