Why buy organic? Top 10 reasons

Posted on: 1 Oct 2010 by: katie
Organic: top tasty reasons for change

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.

Organic: top tasty reasons for change

Organic: top tasty reasons for change

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.

Health

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.

Diversity

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.

Taste

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.

Environmentally friendly

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.

GM Free

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.

High Standards

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.”

About katie

Writing from Kent, Katie is passionate about saying hello to eco living.

3 Comment(s) on Why buy organic? Top 10 reasons

  1. inergyuk

    Great post! It’s a strange world we live in where people actually need to be reminded about these things, after all growing food organically is natural and should be common sense :-)

  2. maryjean

    Over recent years I have found myself buying more organic produce and even during these dire times the additional cost isn’t prohibitive in my view.

    I would ask that everyone spend a little bit more buying organics even if it’s just milk (ASDA now sells organic milk) and eggs – the small things.

    We ourselves as a business are steadfast on using organics as much as possible simply because it helps the environment and wildlife as there are definitely no pestisides or growth agents finding their way into the water table.

    So… go organic!

  3. Scott

    I like to buy organic when I can. But being a little more expensive that regular non organic products I find myself picking and choosing from one weekly shopping trip to another.

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