- Protect Future Generations – The average child receives four times more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. The food choices you make now will impact your child’s health in the future.
- Prevent Soil Erosion – The Soil conservation service estimated that more than 3 billion tons of topsoil are eroded from the United States croplands each year. healthy soil is the foundation of the food chain in organic farming. But in some conventional farming, the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants in a vertical position so they can be chemically fertilized. As a result, American farms are suffering from the worst soil erosion in history.
- Protect Water Quality – Water makes up two-thirds of our body mass and covers three-fourths of the planet. Despite its importance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated some cancer-causing pesticides contaminate the ground water in 38 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half of the country’s population.
- Save Energy – Modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country’s total energy supply. More energy is now used to produce fertilizers than to till, cultivate and harvest all the crops in the United States. Organic farming is still mainly based on labor intensive practices such as weeding by hand and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic fertilizers to build up soil.
- Keep Chemicals Off Your Plate – Many pesticides approved for use by the EPA were registered long before extensive research linking these chemicals to cancer and other diseases had been established. Now, the EPA considers that 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides are carcinogenic. The bottom line is that pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms and can also be harmful to humans. In addition to cancer, pesticides are implicated in birth defects, nerve damage and genetic mutations.
- Protect Farm Worker Health –A National Cancer Institute Study found that farmers expose to herbicides had a risk six times greater than non-farmers of contracting cancer. An estimated 1 million people are poisoned annually by pesticides.
- Help Small Farmers – Although more and more large farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small, independently owned and operated family farms of less than 100 acres. Organic farming could be one of the few survival tactics left for many family farms.
- Support A True Economy – Although organic foods might seem more expensive than conventional foods, conventional food prices do not reflect hidden costs borne by taxpayers. Besides subsidies, other hidden costs include pesticide regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean-up and environmental damage.
- Promote Biodiversity – Mono-cropping is the practice of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year. The lack of natural diversity of plant life leaves the soil lacking in natural minerals and nutrients. To replace the nutrients, chemical fertilizers are used, often in increasing amounts. Single crops are almost more susceptible to pests, making farmers more reliant on pesticides. With increases in usage, some insects have become genetically resistant to certain pesticides.
- Better Flavor – There’s a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes; they taste better! Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant, and ultimately, our palates. Experience better flavor- buy organic food.
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