It’s better for us – our health and our environment.
- Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemicals.
- Organic food tastes great! It’s common sense, well balanced soils grown strong healthy plants that taste great.
- Organic production reduces health risks. The EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer causing. Organic farming keeps harmful chemicals and pesticides out of the food we eat and beverages we drink. It prohibits the use of antibiotics in animal feed, which are routinely used in conventional farming.
- Organic farmers respect our water sources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water sources.
- Organic farmers build soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain and is the primary focus of organic farming. We’re facing the worst topsoil erosion in history due to our current agricultural practices.
- Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded by a healthy ecosystem. Wildlife is an essential part of a total farm and is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands and other natural areas.
- Organic producers strive to preserve diversity. The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of our most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds and growing unusual varieties for decades.
- Environment – it’s all ours! Conventional non-organic crops required large amounts of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers which are directly sprayed on the crops or injected into the ground. This presents serious problems in the form of run-off from the originating farms, and contributes to the contamination of our ground water supply. This residue will also be fed through wildlife by a process that is known as bio-accumulation, forever changing the blueprints that mother nature designed. It also neutralizes the composition of the soil creating an addict-like dependency for synthetic supplements. These lead to an increased use in more chemicals.
- We need to remind ourselves that when we do not buy organic, we are assuming a health risk. Not only with the planet but also with our health.