Why Eat Organic?

What Is Organic? And Why Consume It?

Is organic food just another dieting fad? Another rave that we’ll talk about having it’s best years around this time? Or is it something truly more majestic and truly real about organic? Check out the article below and you determine if organic foods is right for you.

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What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

Sure, I eat organic food because I think it’s healthier for me than food grown with synthetic, toxic agrochemical or food that’s been genetically engineered or injected with growth hormones. But equally important to me are the multiple ecosystem services and broader benefits for society that organic farming provides.

For starters, when you eat organic, you support a system of food production that taps into the very best of what nature has to offer. You eschew farming practices that aim to overpower nature’s complex ecological systems by taming them with artificial chemicals. You reject the growing of a single crop on sterile land bereft of vegetation that extends for miles. And you sustain organic farmers and farming practices that enrich nature’s ecology by producing strong plants that resist pests and disease and produce healthy and delicious food.

Nourishing Soils

When you eat organic, you endorse farming systems designed to maintain and improve the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of soil. Organic farmers manage crop nutrients and soil fertility through the application of organic matter and compost, as the organic regulations require. They plant cover crops for weed suppression, to increase earthworms and beneficial microorganisms in the soil, and to add essential plant nutrients that assist in plant growth and seed and fruit production. These practices also mitigate the adverse effects of climate change by improving soil’s water-holding capacity and regulating soil temperatures so that crops can survive during droughts, floods, and bouts of extreme heat or cold.

Flourishing Environments

When you eat organic, you contribute to conserving water, protecting biological diversity, and defending wildlife, wild nature, and pollinators like bees, and butterflies. Standard organic farming practices such as planting high residue cover and rotational crops, like oats and hay, create large volumes of plant biomass that increase the amount of carbon stored (sequestered) in soils. These practices also prevent erosion and topsoil loss. Planting native hedgerows creates wildlife habitats and attracts pollinators, beneficial insects, and birds that fertilize crops and combat pests. Hedgerows have the added benefit of filtering waterborne pathogens in their root systems, filtering windborne pathogens on their vegetation, and regulating water flow to crops.

Healthy Workers and Communities

When you eat organic, you also champion a healthier environment for those who grow your food. That’s not to say that farm work, organic or not, is easy. But a farm is certainly a healthier place for farmers to work when they are not exposed to synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides as they labor. Growing organic is also healthier for farming families and the communities where food is grown because those major sources of hazardous air and soilborne farm chemicals are largely eliminated. So are the accompanying social costs of ill health, reproductive disorders, and compromised immune systems. Since antibiotics and non-naturally occurring growth hormones are prohibited in organic animal rearing, organically raised animals receive more ethical treatment. Humans benefit, too, from not eating meat injected with drugs.

With all of the societal advantages of organic food production systems, it’s not surprising–and it’s certainly justifiable–that organic farmers get paid a premium price for the food they grow. After all, they use their labor, ingenuity, experiential knowledge, and instincts to maintain crop yields, instead of relying on quick toxic chemical fixes or unproven genetic engineering technology. They produce healthy food that’s good for the planet and all of its inhabitants, and they deserve to get paid a fair price for it.

So, when you eat organic, you can feel confident that you are contributing to a better world by supporting farmers and farming practices that steward the fertile land upon which a secure food future depends. What’s more, you help ensure that current and future generations of farmers can continue to provide themselves, their communities, and the world with healthy and nutritious, fresh food.

Given all of these benefits of eating organic, I have to agree with the take-home message of Maria Rodale’s book Organic Manifesto: “If you do just one thing–make one conscious choice–that can change the world, go organic. Buy organic food. Stop using chemicals and start supporting organic farmers. No other single choice you can make to improve the health of your family and the planet will have greater positive repercussions for our future.”

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Toxic Hungr’s Take On This…

We definitely agree that organic foods are 100% a better option than conventional foods. Organic is nature having a real conversation with your body’s cells, which nourish it to the point where it feels really human. Our health and our brain power is determined by what we have in our gut, so when you’re digesting real organic nutrition, you’re finally able to do and think real. The difference between conventional and organic is that organic and your body is working in synergy on one accord, kind of like in sync on a wholesome conversation where you can actually feel the difference, unlike all the chemicals put in conventional foods where, instead of a smooth constructive conversation, your body’s immune system is on attack mode asking the twenty questions on ‘who the heck are you? Who sent you? Why are you speaking foreign? You don’t belong here!’ which cause the body to no longer be “at-ease” but are experiencing a “dis-ease” which can cause a lot of problems. But! Don’t take our word for it; give it a “taste drive” and see for yourself. No matter where you are health-wise, hit up your local farmer’s market or grocery store and pick up an organic fruit and/or vegetable and eat it–raw. See what happens. See how you feel after. Find out YOUR experience with Nature’s nutrition. Only YOU can determine if God/nature itself is the best cook in the world, or if man figured out a better way of genetically playing the game…of food. -TH

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