Organic food provides many debates, however it has been proven it is much better for your health. In the industrial revolution there was a need to preserve food, therefore leading organic food to be unsustainable and costly, however since then times have changed and organic food has become a mantra of healthy living.
If you are thinking of buying organic food, here are 10 reasons why:
More humane and ethical treatment of animals
Organic food is environmentally friendly and raises the ethical manner of food. Animal agriculture produces high amounts of air and water pollution and causes 80% of the world’s annual deforestation. The animals are raised without cruelty and in a freer environment (not factory farmed) leading their products to taste better.
Organic food is much healthier for you as it contains fewer chemicals such as DDT, PCBs and pesticides; this is due to reduced exposure. There is a healthier balance in the soil including crop rotation and specific techniques to improve soil quality instead of controlling the environment with chemicals.
Sustainable farms have a wider range or livestock and crops, therefore allowing the consumer more options and choices to add to their diets. This also prevents mass farming and cramped farming conditions.
Factory farms use high amounts of resources
That’s right; they use cheap, non-renewable fossil fuels for producing, transporting, processing and marketing. They rely heavily upon this for the success of their industry; therefore not only producing bad quality products but damaging the environment along with it. On the other hand, organic farms use far less energy, using 70% less than industrial farms and preserve groundwater to reduce pesticide use.
Supporting the farm you buy from
Buying organic food often means you are supporting local farms and businesses rather than supporting multinational food conglomerates. It is also better for your health, community and larger community as a whole.
Chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Anthony Worrall-Thompson and Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall use organic foods in their recipes because it tastes better and is much better for you.
The soil built up with organic material (aka compost) enriches the ground and prevents erosion. Enriched soil means more nutrient rich foods, which is better for our health. Natural micro-flora of soil contains innumerable micro-organisms is washed off, losing its capacity to retain water and tolerate high saline conditions.
Genetically Modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards. No one knows the full impact of GM crops yet, but some crops can prove irritable to palates and health.
Organic farms have to be inspected at least once a year and maintain high standards in order to maintain their status. Standards are laid down by European Law, meaning that the standard must stay consistent throughout the EU.
Ecological balance and energy savings
Planting organic is the best option as there is no pesticide use or harmful chemical use. Energy saved by chemical industries contributes in reducing global warming. Therefore you should think twice before you buy. People are encouraged to reap the benefits of what you have planted – “as you sow, you shall reap.”
Writing from Kent, Katie is passionate about saying hello to eco living.