What so hot about organic?! Here we go babes, some reasons to do organic whenever possible…
Organic farming supports rural communities and small farmers. When you purchase organic you support traditional farming systems. Most organic farms are small, independently owned family farms of less than 50 hectares. Many family farms have been sold-up during the last couple of decades because of economies of scale – they are not profitable under conventional farming systems. Organic farming could be one of the ways family farms can survive.
Organic reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved synthetic agricultural pesticides, fungicides and herbicides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
Organic helps protect future generations. The average child receives approximately four times more exposure than an adult, to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. Food choices made in the family and community now, determine our children's health – not only now but into the future.
Organic farms respect our water resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves ground water and rivers - primary sources of drinking water.
Organic farmers build healthy soil. By incorporating environmentally sensitive practices such as crop rotation, composting, biological pest control and irrigation management, issues such as soil erosion are avoided.
Organic producers are leaders in innovative research. Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimising agriculture’s impact on the environment.
Organic producers strive to preserve diversity. The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. Many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are not allowed in organic farming.
Organic crops are not irradiated.