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Why is Organic Food Better?

We are a generation of people that are used to have everything within reach. There are supermarkets at every corner, we do our grocery lists in our iPhones and order food online instead of spending a little time to see what’s on the shelves. Some of us don’t really care what’s in our food as long as it’s cheaper and delivered to our home. Sooner or later, when you are older, have kids or start listening to the news you will understand that money can’t buy your health. Our health depends only on our eating habits. The options we have in the markets are not always healthy. The color and looks of the crops you buy from the supermarket have nothing to do with their nutritional values. Only organic foods can provide your family with the nutrients your bodies need to stay healthy and strong, without poisoning them with dangerous toxins. Large vegetable and fruit farms will consider this article an anti-commercial, but before placing your trust, money and long term health in their hands, consider the benefits of organic food.

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Conventional Farming

So what’s the difference between the products we’ve been buying for so long and organic foods? When you look at them in the supermarket and at the local market they all look the same. Genetically modified foods might even appear healthier, juicier and cheaper. But there’s more in non-organic foods than what meets the eye. You won’t get sick right away, if that concerns you. The effects of GMO and non-organic foods are long term effects. Traditionally cultivated lettuce for example, is more toxic than it is healthy and nutritious. While eating only one leaf, you will supply your healthy cells with more than 50 pesticide residues, more than 10 known carcinogens, over 25 hormone disruptors, around 10 neurotoxins and 10 developmental toxins. If strawberries are your favorite munching entertainment and you think you are feeding your body with vitamins, it will be better to consider buying them organically farmed next time. Testing results showed that 94% of all traditionally grown strawberries have been sprayed with 14 different types of pesticides. Strawberries are not only your favorite berries. Pests like them very much too. In order to keep their harvest profitable, farmers have to use insecticides to keep their crops healthy and pest free until it’s time for harvest. Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides used in farming do not only harm our immune system, they weaken our cell reproduction and invulnerability, making our entire body system fragile to cancer, heart diseases, allergies and etc.

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Organic Farming

Organic farmers are people who know and love their jobs. Unlike Monsanto companies, organic farmers are not looking to get rich overnight. Nature has its way, the natural and healthy way, and the true farmers know it. There is no need for pesticides in farming. There are wild forests, fields with corn and wild berries that have seem to manage to grow perfectly healthy and strong without the use of toxins. Organic farmers know how to work with Mother Nature. They know which plants supplements which, they know how to arrange their garden to make the best of the space and most importantly, they know the secret of growing healthy crops without using poisonous sprays. For example, if you have a small herb garden on your balcony and you want to enhance it with strawberries, baking soda can be used as fungal protection. Make a solution mixed with water and spray your crops preventively three times a week. Organic farmers use many other nontoxic solutions for pest control, like Ivory soap, canola oil, milk, lime sulfur, and homemade dormant oil. High quality farms have developed improved systems to fight mites, maggot and other agribusiness nuisances, like floating row covers, traps, flypapers, beneficial insects and mating disruptions. They even build bird houses, because insects are their favorite food. Instead of using artificial fertilizers, organic farming encourages the use of natural soil nourishment, such as manure or compost.

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Organic Food and the Environment

We’ve explained the obvious bad sides of buying products cultivated with traditional farming systems. Other than contributing to higher health care bills, nonorganic foods also pollute the Earth’s ecosystem. You may wash your fruits and vegetables and think your health is somewhat safe, but the soil still collects more than 50% of the artificial pesticides and fertilizers. In North America only, some of the largest fisheries were deteriorated by animal manure and nutrients from fertilizers in the last 50 years. The Dead Zone in Mexico is also a result of agricultural use of nitrogen fertilizers. Fossil fuels used in manufacturing fertilizers and pesticides as well as used directly on the farm soil, destroy the soil's natural fertility trough the release of carbon into the soil and the atmosphere. The artificial pesticides and fertilizers cause depletion of the organic carbon in the soil, which helps the soil natural water retaining capacity and fertility. Conventional farmers are more concerned to get rich, exhausting the Earth’s natural resources with chemicals that contaminate the water, soil, air and living creatures. In 10 to 20 years every farm used to cultivate crops with the help of traditional farming systems will be marked as a dead zone.

Where to Find Organic Food?

Finding all natural crops may seem extravagant because so much fuss was raised about organically produced foods lately. In reality, you can find organic farmers just as easy as you find supermarkets. Many supermarkets offer organic foods but if you want the best for you and your family visit the local shops, grocery stores and farmer’s markets. You will not only protect your family safety, but support farmers’ financial stability as well. Our traditional farmers use the money from our taxes to subsidize the production of nonorganic foods, while organic farmers have to pay fees to get a certificate. There’s no harm in filling the budget that way, at the end, a certificate is the only way to really know what you are buying from the supermarket. But if we want to promote our health and the eco system of our planet, we have to choose organic foods over conventionally cultivated crops.

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References

1. Organic Foods - Understanding Organic Food Labels, Benefits, and Claims http://www.helpguide.org/life/organic_foods_pesticides_gmo.htm

2. Mayo Clinic: Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880

3. Organic and Biodynamic Produce http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/organic-biodynamic

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