Organic food is often considered to be safer and of a better quality than is non-organic food. According to Home Grown Foods, products that are deemed organic are those that “have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs”. When you come across a product that is organic look for a sticker that says it is Certified Organic by QAI (QAI stands for Quality Assurance International). This lets you know that the product was put through a very stringent investigation before it reached the shelves in the store.
Here are many reasons why buying organic foods are a good idea:
Organic foods taste very good because the healthy and nourished soil used to grow the plants gives way to the healthiest (and tastiest) of fruits and vegetables!
Organic products decrease health risks because harmful chemicals and pesticides are not used in the growing process. These healthy products contain no pesticides that can lead to the development of cancer. Pesticides are poison.
Organic farming is very respectful of the environment. Toxic farming runoff is reduced, as is the use of pollutants that can contaminate the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Soil erosion is prevented when farmers grow organic crops because it is the soil that is the foundation of the food chain. Soil is the number one focus of farming organically. Sadly, due to non-organic farming practices presently we are facing the worst topsoil erosion in history.
Organic farming works with nature, as opposed to against it. The balance and harmony necessary for a healthy ecosystem are respected when organic farming is done. In other words, wildlife is considered to be part of the whole system of agriculture and is encouraged in a variety of ways- forage crops are included in the rotation, natural areas and wetlands are respected and supported, and fence rows are retained.
Diversity is promoted and encouraged thanks to organic agriculture. Biodiversity is the name given when there is a large variety of species, and this has been lost due to “mono-cropping”, which is the practice of planting large areas of land with the same crops year after year and using conventional non-organic farming methods. Organic farming makes use of compost, living soil, crop rotation, pure water, companion planting, rural enterprise and sustainable agriculture. This all plays an integral role in saving and protecting the environment and preserving the health of all people.