Monday, August 17, 2009

Why Organic?

While there are conflicting reports about whether organics offer more nutritional value than non-organic foods, there's no doubt organic farming is better for human health, local wildlife and the planet in general.

Here are the top 10 benefits of eating organic from

1.) Waterways aren't contaminated by chemical run-off from farms.

2.) Pesticide-related health risks to farm workers (and anyone living in the area) are eliminated.

3.) You will dramatically reduce the amount of pesticide residue you digest on a daily basis. Pesticides ingested by pregnant women may be linked to birth defects and health issues.

4.) Biodiversity is increased with the use of buffer crops, and by avoiding killing or harming insects and other wildlife that is not a threat to crops.

5.) Pesticides are responsible for a staggering amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

6.) You can avoid eating any genetically modified food.

7.) Reduced reliance on chemical and agri-engineering corporations is good for farmers.

8.) Organic farming is healthier for the soil.

9.) Organic dairy cows are not injected with milk-boosting hormones such as recombinant bovine somatotrophin (rBST)—which may increase insulin levels in humans.

10.) Organics seem to taste better. There is a difference in the taste of strawberries, peaches, grapes and leafy greens. Give them a try and judge for yourself!

Remember, what's good for the goose is good for the gander!

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