10 Good Reasons To Go Organic

There’s no better time to choose organic than right now. Your health WON’T wait! Here’s how…

Organic growers aim to produce food as naturally as possible, free from trans-fats, artificial additives, harmful chemical pesticides/herbicides and considers animal welfare and sustainability. Biodynamic farming is a form of organic farming that actively works with the health-giving forces of nature.

When our food is organic, it is produced in an organic farming system without the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms. Organic systems recognise that our health is directly connected to the health of the food we eat and the health of the soil. Soil health is critical in producing wholesome products without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

In the production of animal products, animal welfare is also an important issue with only free-range animals allowed and under the Australian Organic Standards, cages are not permitted. Parasite problems in farm animals are controlled through regularly moving the animals to fresh pasture and other preventative methods, unlike conventional farming where animals are routinely dosed with massive doses of antibiotics and other drugs.

1. Organic food tastes better. Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, which leads to the nourishment of the plant and our palate. Many people prefer organic food because it tastes better.

2. Organic food production helps protect future generations. The average child receives approximately four times more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer causing pesticides in food. Food choices made in the family and community now determine our children’s health.

3. Organic food has higher levels of nutrients. There is now a massive indication through research findings that show organic food is far superior in vitamin, mineral and nutrient content. They are especially higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Organic foods have higher levels (up to six times) of salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants as a protective compound against stress and disease. Salicylic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps combat hardening of the arteries.

4. Organic farming methods prevent soil erosion and build healthy soils. Organic farms protect the environment by employing natural systems to build healthy soil rather than relying on synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Compared to soils on conventional farms, organically farmed soils have been shown to have less nitrogen leaching, denser nutrient content for plants to utilise and less runoff and erosion.

5. Organic farming helps protect water quality. Pesticides and other chemicals widely used in conventional farming contaminate ground water and rivers and pollute primary sources of drinking water.

6. Organic food is free of artificial additives. Organic food doesn’t contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. The use of antibiotics, anti-microbials, hormones and other growth promotants are prohibited in organic production. In the case that animals are treated with veterinary drugs or chemicals, they are prohibited from being sold as organic. The use of synthetic chemicals as preservatives, colourings are also prohibited in the processing of organic foods.

7. Chemical residues are missing or at very low levels in organically produced food. Many studies show that most conventionally farmed foods have pesticide and other chemical residues. Over 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues are often present in non-organic food. Research has shown that these chemicals are known to cause cancer. These chemicals can also lead to nervous and endocrine problems.

8. Organic food production uses less energy than conventional food production. Modern conventional farming uses more petroleum than any other industry. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilisers than to till, cultivate and harvest crops. Organic farming is still based on labour intensive practices such as hand weeding, green manure, and cover crops instead of chemicals.

9. Certified organic means GE/GM free. Genetically modified organisms are not allowed under the strict organic certification standards.

10. Organic food has lower nitrates levels. The use of soluble chemical fertilisers has resulted in high nitrate concentrations in many conventionally farmed foods, especially in fruits and vegetables.  High nitrate levels in food and drinking water are converted to carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrates have been shown to impair the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, and may pose a risk of methemoglobinemia.

Source: Organic Federation of Australia

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