We have all heard that organic food is healthier for us, but may not really be sure why.
Standards of organic farming vary worldwide. Organic farming in general involves methods that emphasize the use of renewable sources as well as the conservation of soil and water to ensure environmental quality for future generations.
Conventional pesticides and fertilizers are not used in the production of organic food and animals are not given any antibiotics or growth hormones.
Many countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic.
Organic Food Is Not Exposed To Radiation
Growers of non- organic food will often irradiate food to help prevent food borne illnesses. There is a wide range of risks to your health using this process.
Animals eating irradiated foods died prematurely and developed cancer. Liver damage and chromosomal abnormalities were also observed.
No Chemical Pesticides (Synthetic)
Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products all contain pesticides. Dangerous to the environment, pesticides are also hazardous to our health.
Apples, strawberries, grapes and spinach are only a few foods affected by the use of pesticides.
Pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD and in some cases birth defects.
Pesticides can interfere with the reproductive system, the endocrine system as well as the nervous system.
Animals Are Not Given Any Hormones Or Antibiotics
Antibiotic and hormones are directly passed into meat and dairy products, as millions of pounds of antibiotics are added to animal feed yearly.
To artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce, sex and growth hormones are given to the animals. These hormones remain in the meat and milk and are passed onto humans as we consume these products.
The genetically modified growth hormones, rBGH or rBST in milk, have been directly linked to cancer.
By using antibiotics in animal feed, we are rendering many of the most important antibiotics completely ineffective.
No Genetically Engineered(GE) Food Or Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO)
A large quantity of processed foods contains at least one genetically modified ingredient.
A genetically modified food has lab-replicated genes from other plants and animals and even viruses added to it to give it new characteristics. These new characteristics include a resistance to insects, heat and drought. The crops have an advantage in terms of hardy growth.
GMO foods pose several health risks including organ damage, gastrointestinal problems, infertility and premature aging to name but a few.
Herbicide use increases as crops can tolerate increased use.
By mixing genes; new toxins, allergens, carcinogens and nutritional deficiencies are created.
Organic Farming Preserves Our Ecosystems
Organic farmers respect and understand the soil and use programs to conserve and restore the soil. Their motto is to stay in harmony with Mother Nature.
Wildlife, birds, other animals and soil organisms can carry out their purpose without any chemical interference.
These are the main reasons we eat organic food, and why we recommend making the switch. Not only will you feel better, you will be doing your bit towards conserving our beautiful Earth.