Why Organic Matters
Organic food is good for the body, community, and the earth. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems balancing pest and beneficial organism populations and maintaining and replenishing fertility of the soil. Organic produce is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and do not contain traces of these harsh chemicals that could affect the human body and our fragile ecosystems. Organic farming practices are much more gentle on the earth and its inhabitants.
Why Certified Organic Matters
Organic has become tricky catch phrase of marketing. The problem is that while there are many committed organic farmers that have choosen to forgo organic certification, unless you ask your farmer and have a clear understanding of the many components of farming that are effected be certified organic requirements you may not know if the farmer who says that they use organic farming practices is fully compliant with organic certification requirements. Besides these obvious elements of certified organic practices of no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, organic certifiication also requires careful use of manures, no munincipal grass clippings in compost (as there would be residue of round up and other herbicides plus inscecticides and synthetic fertilizers), using certified organic seeds, not allowing pressure treated wood to touch the soil near crops to name a few examples of some of the elements of a certifed organic farm plan that is subject to yearly inspection.
Organic Is Good For The Planet
Certified Organic Farming:
1. Reduces chemical runoff and residues in drinking water, waterways and coastal areas. Runoff is the main cause of diminishing marine life, animals and plants.
2. Restore soils for productive cropland and secure the future of New England agriculture. Organic farming systems are based on the principle of land and soil regeneration and best environmental practices.
3. Organic farms have a greater resilience in times of drought. A 21-year trial showed that organic crops saw a margin of 38–196 per cent greater yield than comparable conventional crops.
Increase biodiversity and save disappearing native animal habitats. For decades scientists worldwide have carried out studies with the clear conclusion that organic farming significantly supports biodiversity, with up to 50% more plant, insect and bird life found on organic farms
4. Help to ameliorate climate change. Agriculture is accused of being responsible for about 30 per cent of global warming due to CO2 emissions, however conversion to organic agriculture can capture CO2 back into the soil in the form of humus.
5. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Organic standards prohibit the use of nitrogen fertilisers, which lowers emissions and provides both economic and environmental benefits.
Organic Food is Good for You:
By Consuming Organic You:
6. Safeguard the integrity of food. Certified organic provides a guarantee that product has been grown, handled, packaged and distributed avoiding risk of contamination of the product to the point of sale. Full traceability is maintained along the chain.
Research shows that consuming organic means that you can:
7. Eat produce that is better for you.
A comparison of nearly 100 studies and development of research methods has concluded that the nutritional premium of organic food averages 25%.
8.Reduce the risk of cancer. On average organic foods contain about one-third more cancer-fighting antioxidants than comparable conventional produce.
9. Avoid GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Independent testing of the long-term health effects of GMO foods on humans has not been carried out. Certified organic foods are a great way to avoid GMOs.
Organic Food is Essential for Your Children:
By Consuming Organic Mothers and Their Children Can:
10. Avoid eating up to two kilograms of food additives every year. Many food additives have been linked with symptoms such as allergic reactions, rashes, headaches, asthma, growth retardation and hyperactivity in children.
11. Lower the incidence of neuro-developmental problems in children which can be caused or made worse by prenatal and early life exposure to pesticides and chemicals that contaminate our food and virtually eliminate dietary exposures to insecticides known to be developmental neurotoxins.
12. Reduce hormone disruptors caused by pesticides. The European Union says that hormones such as chemical insecticides and herbicides used commonly in food production can interfere with our body’s natural hormones and reproductive organs, which may cause low sperm counts and increase the risk of cancer and may cause early onset of puberty among young girls.
13. Reduce the risk of infants’ exposure to pesticides through a mother’s breast milk.
14.Organic food grown with a mineral rich regimine of biological farming practices is absolutely delicious! The higher nutritional density of organic, biologically grown food translate directly into better tasting food that stays fresh much longer. Try it and see!
Much of this information was taken from the Biological Farmers of Australia website.