Why Organic Is Better
We only use Certified Organic or Raw Certified Organic products & and as often as possible "Humane", "Pasture Raised", and "Fair Trade".
Four reasons why organic is better
1. No harsh synthetic pesticides or fertilizers
The worst of the worst pesticides (atrazine, organophosphates, Thiodicarb, etc) are never used in certified organic food production. Important, since organophosphates have been recently linked to health and development problems in the children of U.S. farm workers. (More info: Studies Link Pesticide Exposure to Kids' IQ)
High-nitrogen fertilizers are never used in organic production, either. These are the fertilizers that have been scientifically linked to the hypoxic ("dead") zones in the Gulf of Mexico. (More info: The Gulf of Mexico 'Dead Zone')
2. No "GE" seeds
Certified organic farmers source non-GE (genetically engineered) seeds in order to receive the USDA organic seal.
The past USDA action to allow unregulated planting of GE alfalfa was a blow to the long-term prospects for organic dairy (which uses certified organic alfalfa to feed milk cows). But it's important to remember that organic regulations were not altered for this decision to take place.
Certified organic farmers remain steadfast in their commitment to sourcing truly organic seeds that aren't owned and copyrighted by a lone biotech monopoly.
3. No irradiation
Certified organic food is never irradiated.
4. No sewage sludge
Did you know that city sewage (AKA "biosolids") is dumped on US farm fields to fertilize them? The problem: heavy metals, lawn pesticides, gas, oil, detergents, and other chemicals that can wind up in a sewer don't go away with composting sewage into biosolids -- and can cause a spike in health problems with local neighbors. (More info: Health Survey of Residents Living Near Farm Fields Permitted to Receive Biosolids)
Certified organic food, meanwhile, is never grown in composted sewage waste.
Buying direct and local from environmentally-minded farmers is a great way to support a cleaner way of farming. And buying certified organic food at your local co-op is the next best thing to being on that farm yourself.
The debate about the advantages of organic foods is over. According to a new $25-million study into organic food - the largest of its kind to date - organic food is more nutritious than ordinary produce and it may help to lengthen peoples lives and prevent disease.
The European Union funded study found that organic fruit and vegetables have up to 50% more antioxidants, which scientists believe can cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. They have also more vitamins and minerals such as iron and zinc.
According to other recent studies, organic foods are better for fighting cancer. And people eating organic food have improved immune system, better sleeping habits and are less likely to be overweight than when eating "conventional" foods. (Can you imagine the benefits of eating both raw and organic food?)
The taste of organic fruits and vegetables is often superior to any conventional produce. That's why many top restaurants use organic produce in their menu. Today, most fruits and veggies are manipulated to look and stay good. The strawberries from your ordinary supermarket may look great on your cake but they have virtually no taste. However, the taste of fresh organic fruits is irresistible!
Safer for Babies and Children
The advantages of organic foods might be highest for babies. The average baby is born with 200 toxins and carcinogens in its body. By the time kids reach their 2nd year, most have pasted the lethal limit for the toxins. By feeding your child organic food, it will have about 1/6th the amount of carcinogens in its blood. Thus you will decrease the chances of illnesses significantly. Therefore, especially for infants and children a raw organic food diet is incredibly important.
Do you ever wonder why organic vegetables and fruits seem to spoil so much faster than produce from normal supermarkets? The reason is that many foods are irradiated. Irradiation kills bacteria and extends food life. But, it also alters the molecular structure and life force of the food.
Some irradiation methods use radio active substances, others high energy electrons or X-rays. I don't know about you, but I prefer my food pure and not irradiated. So one of the advantages of raw organic foods is that it still has life force. Raw organic seeds grow - cooked and irradiated seeds don't
Organic food stores don't sell genetically modified (GM) food. It's suspected that GM food causes allergies and decreases your immune system. Government is being secret - at least vague - about the health consequences of GMO food. I've read enough to not want to take a chance. Do you?
Organic meat, fish and poultry is healthier for you. Organic farmed animals are raised without dangerous chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics. Pesticides used in ordinary farming don't just affect the animal who eats it first. They accumulate in their tissues (mostly fat). Animals on top of the food chain get the highest concentration of these chemicals. Conventional animals full of toxins and dirt.
A cow, chicken or pig will retain most of the pesticides it has ever eaten (directly or indirectly through other animals). Factory farm animals are fed great quantities of (polluted) fish, food doused in pesticides and fed many unnatural compounds never eaten by wild animals.
Inorganic animal food (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) is a main source of pollution to the environment. According to research animal food contribute to as much as 95% of the toxic chemical residues in the American diet. Meat, fish and poultry have 10 times the amount of the dangerous chemicals DDT, DDE and TDE as conventional produce. In addition intensive farming is incredibly cruel to farm animals.
One of the most outrageous advantages of organic foods is that organic farms treat their animals much more humane. They place a great emphasis on animal welfare. Just for this reasons, switching to an organic living makes sense. And even consider becoming vegan.
Save the Environment
Organic food facts are especially striking if you consider the environment. Conventional farming methods erode soil and use dangerous pesticides that may take centuries before they're gone. Think of the DDT, thought to be harmless but appeared to be extremely bad for your health. Even though this pesticide has been forbidden for many years now, it's still found in virtually all waters, human beings and animals in the world...
In addition, over time, artificial pest controls become less and less effective, so that even more chemicals must be used or other methods found. One of the huge advantages of organic food is that buying it has a huge positive impact on the environment, the animals and people who live on it.