03.28.2014

3 Reasons We Buy Organic

1. It just tastes better. Without preservatives, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, organic produce, dairy and proteins are treated differently. Food manufacturers have to quickly process, ship and deliver organic goods before they go bad. What does this mean to you? It means your organic tomato is probably a lot fresher than the cheaper, non-organic one next to it. And we all know, fresh food just tastes better.

2. It’s better for you. Organic regulations forbid the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). They’re also free from pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and growth/breeding hormones. These things are not supposed to be in our food supply, it’s unnatural. Why they’re so bad is for another post, but for now, it’s important to know the lack of these ‘additions’ to organic foods allow them to be more nutrient rich - including higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. (1)

3. It’s sustainable. Commonly used on non-organic food, pesticides were designed to kill living organisms. They are not only harmful to unwanted plants and insects, but they contaminate our food, water and air supplies, ending up in our bodies. Synthetic fertilizers don’t help either. Also commonly used on non-organic food, synthetic fertilizers are made with nonrenewable fossil fuels, decrease soil health and causes run off that creates dead zones in our waterways and contaminates drinking water.

In 2010, more than 21 million tons of synthetic fertilizer was spread on American farmlands. (2)

(1) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4153951.stm

(2) http://www.organicvalley.coop/why-organic/synthetic-fertilizers/

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