Why Buy Organic?
The organic food sector is growing rapidly and you can now find USDA Organic Certified products in most supermarkets, but what are the benefits of buying and eating organic food? We’ve covered what organic food is; now let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might consider choosing organic products over non-certified foods.
5 Reasons to Buy Organic Food
1. Strict Standards. Food products have to meet a set of strict standards before they can be Certified Organic. If you see the Organic label on a product, you can be sure that it was produced without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, solvents, or additives and that it’s not genetically modified. There have been controversies surrounding how stringently some third-party accredited organic certifiers apply USDA’s regulations, but those disputes generally involve conditions outside the purview of organic guidelines.
2. Environmental Benefits. Soil, water, air, and overall ecosystem quality are better preserved using organic practices. Local biodiversity is more likely to be maintained and environmental degradation avoided by reducing toxic runoff, pollution, and monocrop nutrient depletion.
3. Health Benefits. Organic regulations prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as other harmful chemicals such as antibiotics. That means that consumers don’t have to worry as much about ingesting toxic and potentially hazardous substances, while farm workers–who are often exposed to high levels of dangerous chemicals and pesticides–can likewise have health concerns assuaged.
4. Innovation. Organic farmers are often innovators, taking on the task of developing sustainable, healthy alternatives to harmful chemicals on their own dime. The demand there is for organic food, the more incentive farmers and researchers will have to investigate more environmentally-friendly approaches to farming.
5. Better Taste. Organically grown food was shown to perform better on a variety of measures–including consumer taste tests–by a study conducted at Washington State University. Better soil, water, and air quality led to firmer, sweeter fruit than that offered by competitors.
The Added Value of Organic Alternatives
There are now Organic alternatives in every food category–whether you’re buying fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, or otherwise. Organic food often comes with a slightly higher price tag, which may be prohibitive for some, but consider the added value of buying and eating Organic when you’re grocery shopping next.
When you factor in environmental, health, and market considerations, you may soon find yourself buying into the Organic movement.
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