10 Reasons to Eat
Here are some concrete reasons to eat organic:
- Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that the food has been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical input.
- Organic food tastes great! It’s common sense—well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
- Organic production reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent more of these chemicals from harming agricultural workers.
- Organic farms respect our water resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
- Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain, yet, soils are so depleted today that foods are lacking essential nutrients. For example, an analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. Even worse, with the important minerals gone what is left is more arsenic. That’s right, the poison. In California nearly a 100 wineries are being sued due to toxic levels of arsenic in their wines. Likewise much of the wine in the world is loaded with arsenic for the same reason.
- Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fencerows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
- Organic producers are champions of innovative research. These farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.
- Organic producers strive to preserve biodiversity. The loss of a large variety of species is one of the most pressing environmental concerns we face. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
- Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of American farms. Organic agriculture then can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for their crops.
- Now, even non-food agricultural products are being grown organically, such as cotton, which most experts believed could not be grown this way. If you have ever had the pleasure of wearing organic cotton socks, underwear or shirts, or sleeping on organic sheets, you will know why this is so amazing.
Keep in mind that learning to eat clean is the most important thing that you can do to heal your gut. That’s important because your gut is 70% of your immune system, so eating clean is vital to recovery and long term wellness.