When you buy organic, you are not the only who can benefit from your action but the community as well. Below you will find out how you and others are advantageous with organic living.
- Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Organic food is grown in well-balanced soil, it makes sense that these healthy plants have a great taste.
- Studies in peer-reviewed journals have shown organic foods to have higher nutritional value.
- Organic food doesn’t always cost more
- It promotes sustainability by establishing an ecological balance to prevent soil fertility or pest problems. In the long run, organic farms tend to conserve energy and protect the environment by maintaining ecological harmony.
- It enhances biodiversity, or the presence of multiple plant and/or animal species. Having a highly diverse genetic pool becomes useful in the future when beneficial characteristics can be tapped (that is, growing a diverse mix of crops helps to support beneficial organisms that assist in pollination and pest management).
- Because organic agriculture utilizes practices such as crop rotations, inter-cropping, symbiotic associations, cover crops and minimum tillage, the length of time that the soil is exposed to erosive forces is decreased, which minimizes nutrient losses and boosts soil productivity.
- By not using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic agriculture reduces pollution of groundwater.
- Organic agriculture helps to minimize the greenhouse effect and global warming through its ability to sequester carbon in the soil.