I remember many years ago, when I first started in the food business, it seemed pesticides were the only thing I had to be worried about. For that reason alone, I made the decision to use only organics, both personally and for my customers. Fast-forward years later, with many more things to be concerned about (most all of GMOs), I still would never sacrifice quality for cost. I feel that my customers understand how deep and serious the issues are with our food supply, and they are willing to spend a little more to get quality ingredients. Robin Gentry McGee

 There are also quite a few more reasons why going organic is good for your body and the world!

 1. Less Pesticide Residue

According to the New York Times, tests done by the Consumer Union found pesticide residue on 79% of conventional produce and 27% of the organic samples.1 This is a pretty significant decrease in the amount of residue found in organic produce.

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement that talks about the harmful effects of pesticide on kids. They also shared ways to reduce pesticide exposure, to minimize health risks. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives found that when children were fed an all organic diet for 5 days, their urine levels of specific metabolites linked to pesticides became non-detectable. Upon returning to the conventional diet, the metabolites began to show up in their urine once again.2 Eating organic may significantly reduce pesticide exposure through diet, and that alone is great reason to make the switch.

Here is another good article about Pesticide exposure: Pediatricians Warn about Pesticides in Foods

2. Soil and Water Health

Pesticides can also run off of fields and enter into the water supply quite easily. Because pesticides are used to kill pests, weeds, and other living things, the beneficial bacteria and plants that help maintain soil health may be destroyed.Plants thrive in healthy soil and it seems apparent that it is hard to produce nutrient dense and mineral rich foods in broken down soil.

3. Avoid GMOs

While many claim that GMOs (Genetically modified organisms) are harmless and may even help the world, there is no proof to their safety. Airing on the side of caution until more studies are done is a wise choice. Genetically modifying plants is not something that could happen naturally, and we do not know what harm they could potentially have. There are more and more studies coming out showing that there may be big risks involved with eating GMO products. Here is a good website for more info: GMO Health Risks

4. Supports Smaller Farmers

A lot of organic farmers are smaller farms who help revitalize soil and give their community access to local food! It is beneficial to support organic farmers for so many reasons!

5. Can Bring Soil and Biodiversity Back to Life

Organic farmers often use crop rotation as a protection against pests. When crops are rotated, the soil health can be improved. Improved soil can increase minerals in the crops grown, which is better for health. Composting is also often used, which helps minimize waste and adds vital nutrients to the soil.

6. Nutrient Density

There have been many studies done that show organic produce is richer in nutrients. A study published in 2010 byWalter J. Crinnion, ND, found that organic produce has higher levels of vitamin C, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium than their conventional counterparts.3 For more information, check out these sources: http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/15/1/4.pdf and Nutrient Content of Organic Foods

7. Tastes Better

Our ancestors ate organic foods and did not even know thats what it was called! Personally, I can tell a difference in organic food vs. conventional food, can you?-Megan Concannon

 

References:

  1. Burros, Marian. (2002, May 8th). Study Finds Far Less Pesticide Residue on Organic Produce.The New York Times. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/08/science/08PEST.html
  2. Lu C, Toepel K, Irish R, Fenske RA, Barr DB, Bravo R.Organic diets significantly lower children's dietary exposure to organophosphorus pesticides.Environ Health Perspect. 2006 Feb;114(2):260-3. PubMed PMID: 16451864; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC13678413.
  3. Crinnion, Walter J. ND. (2010). Organic Foods Contain Higher Levels of Certain Nutrients, Lower Levels of Pesticides, and May Provide Health Benefits for the Consumer.Environmental Medicine, 15:1. Retrieved from http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/15/1/4.pdf