Why Organic?

February 21, 2019
Photo by Dosner Organic Farms

You may be asking yourself why should I eat organic?

Before we get into all the reason why organic is better, let's define what organic means. What would qualify as organic?

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), produce is considered organic if it's certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Some prohibited substances include pesticides and other chemicals.

Now that we know what it means, let's learn about the reasons why choose organic?

One of the reasons you should choose organic is for the health of your family.
Research shows that when you choose organic, you are getting more of the good
stuff and none of the toxic synthetic chemicals. Studies have demonstrated that
organic can have positive impacts on your health, because organic foods may

• Better nutrition
• More diseases-fighting antioxidants
• Healthier omega 3 fatty acids
• No controversial pesticides or fertilizers
• No antibiotics
• No synthetic growth hormones

For the health of the planet:
Agriculture is one of the largest polluters of out waterways and environments-but
organic farming practices work with the earth of lessen the effects of climate
change and foster healthier ecosystem. Studies have demonstrated the positive
impact of organic on the environment, such as:

•  Healthier soil and better water quality
• Combat’s climate change by sequestering carbon
• More biodiversity
• Humane animal treatment
• Fewer greenhouse gas emissions

Organic research supports farmers, communities, and our planet! There is so
much (in)credible science out there that demonstrates why organic food, fiber
and farming is a healthy option for people and the planet, that looks outside the
box for sustainable solutions to agronomic challenges, and that highlights the
organic difference.

People think that eating organic is expensive. The truth is, eating organic can be the same if not less in cost than non-organic food. Just a few things to consider next time you go to the store. Support small farmers and make sure to choose organic for your health and for the environment!

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