4 Reasons to Eat and Buy Organic Food
1. Certified organic products meet strict guidelines
Organic certification assures me that products have been grown and handled according to strict mandates. To meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) standards, organic farms can’t use synthetic hormones and antibiotics, pesticides, or fertilizers. Organic livestock must also have access to pasture. In contrast, conventional farming methods include pesticides and raising animals in crowded indoor conditions with antibiotics added to their feed.
2. Organic foods are produced without GMOs
Genetically engineered ingredients are now found in many non-organic US processed foods, even in many products labeled or advertised as “natural.” To find out more about GMOs, read our Real Food 101 article GMOs and How to Avoid Them. In addition, the overwhelming majority of non-organic meat, dairy, and eggs are derived from animals raised on a steady diet of GMO animal feed.
3. Organic food tastes great!
I know that taste is subjective, but think about it. Healthy soil produces strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food. Organic foods taste better without any chemical or artificial enhancements. A prime example is with tomatoes. If you don’t believe me, next shopping trip buy a conventional and organic tomato and do a taste test. You’ll taste the difference!
4. Organic production reduces health risks
Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, and chemical fertilizers. Pesticide and drug residues are routinely found in non-organic produce, processed foods, and animal products. Take a look, in the chart below, at the dirtiest vegetables and cleanest in terms of pesticide usage.
Why do you eat organic food?