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TOP TEN REASONS TO BUY ORGANIC
Rosemary Nardone, CHHP, RM
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor
1. To Protect Future Generations
We have inherited the Earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children. The average child receives four times more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. The food choices you make will impact your child’s health in the future.
2. Prevent Soil Erosion
The Soil Conservation Service estimates that more than 3 billion tons of topsoil are eroded from United States ‘croplands each year. That means soil is eroding seven times faster than it is being built up naturally. Soil is the foundation of the food chain in organic farming, its preservation is as important as clean water.
3. Protect Water Quality
Water makes up two-thirds of our body mass and covers three fourths of the Earth. Despite its importance, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates pesticides - some cancer causing - contaminate the groundwater in more than 30 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the country’s population.
4. Save Energy
American farms have changed drastically over the last 30 years, from family-based small businesses dependent on human energy to large-scale factory farms dependent on fossil fuel. Modern farms use more oil petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12% of the country’s energy supply. Organic farming is still mainly based on labor-intensive practices such as weeding by hand and organic produce travels fewer miles from field to table.
5. Keep Chemicals off your Plate
Many pesticides approved by the EPA were registered long before research linking these chemicals to cancer, Parkinson’s disease had been established. Now the EPA considers 60% of all herbicides , 90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides
Are carcinogenic. In addition to cancer, pesticides are implicated in genetic mutation and birth defects.
6. Protect Farm Worker Health
A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides had a six times greater risk than non-farm workers contracting cancer. An estimated one million people are poisoned annually by pesticides around the world.
7. Help Small Farms
Although more and more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organics, most organic farms are small independently owned and operated family farms of less than 100 acres. It is estimated that the United States has lost more than 600,000 family farms in the past ten years. Organic farming could be one of the few survival tactics left for family farms.
8. Support a True Economy
It may seem organic food is more expensive than conventional foods, but prices do not reflect hidden costs borne by taxpayers, including nearly $74 billion in federal subsidies in the since the late 1980s. Other hidden costs include pesticide regulation testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean-up and environmental damage.
9. Promote Biodiversity
Mono-cropping and genetically engineered foods is the practice of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year. While this approach tripled farm production between 1950 and 1970, the lack of natural diversity of plant life has left the soil depleted of minerals and nutrients. To replace the nutrients, chemical fertilizers are used - often in increasing amounts. Single crops are also susceptible to pests. Despite a tenfold increase in the use of pesticides, crop losses due to insects have doubled - partly because some insects have become genetically resistant to certain pesticides.
10. Taste Better
There is a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes - they taste better! Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and then to our palates.
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