Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Why Organic?

Organic farmers rely on natural pest control, nurtured and maintained rich soils, complimentary plant grouping, lunar cycles, etc. Below is a list of why we as shoppers, eaters and earth dwellers should buy from and support organic farms/farming.

1. IT TASTES BETTER!!!! Try it, you will see a difference.

2. Organic Farming Practices and Products are Sustainable. Sustainable farming means to produce food indefinitely without irreversible damage to the ecosystem.

3. Keep Chemicals Off Your Plate-Many pesticides have been linked to cancer and other diseases. These chemicals were approved before much research was done to prove the ill effects on health.

4. Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy Planet-Eliminating the use of herbicides, pesticides, un-organic fertilizers, protects the microbiotic activity of the soil. The plant is able to produce and retain all of its complex components with no toxic residue, yielding a more nutrient rich food.

5. Protect Farm Workers-The use of toxic pesticides threatens the health of farm workers. A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found that farmers exposed to herbicides were 6 times as likely to be diagnosed with cancer than non farmers.

7.Protect Water Quality-The EPA estimates pesticides contaminate the groundwater in 38 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the population.

8. Save Energy- Modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry and more energy is used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to cultivate crops. Organic farming relies on labor intensive practices which help stimulates local economies. Initially it can mean higher prices, but the long term cost of health effects caused by synthetic output and pollution will soon outweigh this initial cost. Buying from local growers (within 100 miles) will stimulate the local economy and cut down on petroleum used for transportation of food.

9. Support a True Economy- Conventional food prices do not reflect hidden costs born by taxpayers including $74 billion in federal subsidies in 1988. Other hidden costs include regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and cleanup, environmental damage and cost to the health care system.

10. Help Small Farmers, Protect Organic Farming Practices, Support Your Local Economy.

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