Why Choose Organic?
Do you select organic foods when you shop? By definition, organic products are grown and produced without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Organic farmers don’t feed or inject animals with hormones or antibiotics, nor are genetically modification organisms (GMOs) used.
Currently, 70% of the U.S. population buys organic food on occasion─with nearly 25% investing on a weekly basis, according to the Hartman Group. Organic items are generally perceived as safer, healthier, and better for the environment. Here are some powerful reasons to make organically grown foods a priority in the New Year:
Reduce your chemical exposure
Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered prior to being linked to cancer and other health problems. According to the Environmental Working Group─creators of the “Dirty Dozen” list─you can reduce your pesticide exposure by 80% by choosing organic versions of apples, peaches, pears, imported grapes, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, bell peppers, celery, kale, lettuce, and carrots.
Protect your children
Due to their smaller body size, children are more vulnerable to dangerous toxins than adults. And, based on the foods they’re most likely to eat, they may be exposed to four times as many cancer causing pesticides as adults. Many families make organic foods a priority for their kids now, rather than waiting for long term studies to indicate they should.
Guard our water and soil
Organic agriculture is one way to prevent dangerous chemicals from continuing to infiltrate our air, earth and rapidly diminishing fresh water supplies. Organic agricultural also supports a healthy ecosystem, helping wildlife by including forage crops in rotation, and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
Enjoy higher quality food
Many chefs feel that organic foods are better quality, with deeper color and more pronounced flavors. The superior taste of organic foods makes them a top choice in high-end kitchens. In fact, one survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association found that 50% of restaurants with a per-person dinner check of $25 or more offer organic items on their menus.
Consume healthier meats
If you’re a health-conscious omnivore, you’ll be glad to know that organic beef comes from livestock fed an organic diet, including natural pasture grass. Research suggests that grass-fed meat has 60% more omega-3s, and up to 3 times as much conjugated linoleic acid─a beneficial oil that may reduce the risk of colon and breast cancers.
Clearly, there are many good reasons to choose organic when you can. You and your family deserve it!