Today's post is a guest post written by Amy Lizee.
Switching to organic foods is a growing trend in many households across North America and the world. More and more families are choosing organic options for the sake of their children in terms of both physical health and for the sustainability of the environment.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, “Organic foods are considered to be products which do not employ pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics…” This means that these crops are grown naturally creating a better result for consumption as well as in a sustainable way so as to ensure that they can be produced year after year.
While there are lots of benefits to going organic, here are a few of the major motivators.
1. Healthy Living
Most families switch to organic products when they have children. As children are exposed to more cancer-causing pesticides in a higher quantity than adults, it is important to avoid any chemically treated foods. However, these pesticides can also be quite harmful to adults. In fact, the EPA stated, “60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides are cancer-causing”.
On that same note, it is important to remember to not only choose organic fruits and vegetables, but also meats. Hormones used on animals such as cattle can cause early puberty and other hormonal imbalances in children and young adults.
2. Environmental Protection
Organic farming avoids the use of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful chemicals. This method of farming is sustainable because year after year it can continue to produce crops without harming the environment. Farms that use organic practices protect lakes and streams from runoff that may contain harmful chemicals, protect soil fertility and balance and also reduce the effects of animal waste on the environment as these farms raise their livestock on organic feed.
3. Water Conservation and Protection
Farms that do not practice organic methods are taking part in water pollution from pesticides and other chemical runoff. In fact, “the EPA estimates that 38 states have groundwater polluted by pesticides, meaning half the nation drinks polluted water”.
4. Energy Conservation
Agriculture in the United States is shown to use more petroleum then other industries. When it comes to organic farming they use more natural methods, which include labor-intensive work. This means that less gasoline, petroleum and energy are used to till, fertilize and harvest crops when it comes to organic farming.
5. Support the Economy
This is one of the most overlooked benefits of switching to organic. People don’t realize how much money from the local economy goes into non-organic farms for disposal, testing, clean up and pesticide control. By switching to organic farms you are choosing to put your money into supporting natural methods instead of cleaning up chemical messes.
Today going organic is perhaps one of the highest impact ways to go green. While going organic may seem more costly, especially when it comes to meat, you can consider the fact that you’re getting a higher quality product, which is more filling and you therefore, consume less. This means, that the cost really works out to be the same, but you can reduce your carbon footprint immensely.
Organic farming focuses on the same sustainable living methodology that so many people are trying to apply to their home lives. Much like sustainable living, organic farming focuses on conserving water and energy, helping the environment by reducing waste and pollution and also on healthier living. It makes sense to support it.
Amy Lizee is a freelance author for Environment911.org and Our Global Awareness Magazine while attending a University in BC to complete a business degree in marketing. On top of these, she designs and runs a website for a horse rescue she helps to operate. Her passion rests with animals and the environment and she tries to express that through her E911 project and writing. http://www.environment911.org