Top 5 Reasons To Buy Organic
By Amirah Bellamy
1. Health - by buying organic you save yourself from ingesting the hormones, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics that non-organic foods are cloaked in. Moreover, buying organic affords you the opportunity to get food that is more nutrient-rich since many organic foods are grown locally so the travel time is drastically reduced thus preserving much of the food's nutrients. Also, from a broader perspective, buying organic reduces the risk of farm worker exposure to toxic chemicals. As a result of chemical exposure, farmers on conventional farms have suffered from diseases and illnesses ranging from skin irritations to cancer.
2. Environment - organic farming restores balance to our planet. It reduces the impact of climate change, prevents the risk of water contamination, and purifies the air of all the pollutants that conventional farming fills it with.
3. Local farmers - buying organic supports the local economy by way of supporting local farmers being overrun by corporations. The awareness of what corporations are doing to farmers is growing and in the process many are taking a stand by buying organic.
4. Agriculture - organic farming improves the quality of farm soil. Farmers of the past used crop rotation methods to maintain the richness of the soil and were blessed with bountiful crops as a result of doing so. Today's conventional farmers have abandoned these practices and are rapidly degrading acres upon acres of our earth's farming soil which will in the end have detrimental consequences.
5. Social concerns - by buying organic you make a grand gesture in opposition of the steady trend of globalization. Some perceive conventional farming and globalization as one in the same. Why? Primarily because conventional farming yields larger profits for large corporations of developed nations while significantly decreasing profits earned from output crops in undeveloped nations. Requiring half the time, costs and resources conventional farming yields 3 to 4 times the profit of organic farming. Meanwhile, dozens of countries, like Mexico, who in 1963 were reported to be 100% self-sufficient in grains output, are now import dependent and have the majority of the world's overall and undernourished population. Suffice it to say that this has become quite the motivating factor for many buying organic.
For many, paying the higher price for USDA certified organic product has nothing to do with health concerns and everything to do with environmental, agricultural and social concerns. Meanwhile, for others spending the additional dollar or so is emphatically due to their conscious awareness of the risk that non-organic products pose to their health. Regardless of the reason, the benefits of buying organic far outweigh the risks of not doing so.
Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Transitional Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert, and Author. To learn more about her fabulous Vegetarian Meal Plans and Healthy Eating eBook or to INSTANTLY grab her FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit go to www.AmirahBFit.com
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