15 Reasons to go organic
Is it really worth your time and money to choose organic produce and other organically-produced products? We think so -- and give you 15 reasons why in this countdown!
Going organic reason #15
Do you really want to ingest chemicals such as pesticides that are linked to cancer just to ensure you don't find a ladybug in your lettuce? There are far worse things than a harmless ladybug! (She won't eat much.) Pesticide-free food is a much safer bet.
Going organic reason #14
It's more fun to select produce from a farmer's market than a crowded grocery store any day -- and the variety is fantastically fresh. And there's a bonus: Spending the day at a farmer's market or local farm connects you with nature.
Going organic reason #13
Organic farmers treat their animals humanely and respect the wildlife around them, thus encouraging a healthy eco-system.
Going organic reason #12
You can find an organic version of virtually everything you could ever want, so why wouldn't you choose the purest version of whatever it is you are buying?
Going organic reason #11
Organic producers strive for "crop diversity." You know those amazing heirloom tomatoes you've tasted? You can thank organic farmers for collecting and preserving heirloom seeds to create delicious and unusual varieties that are cultivated for taste, not looks.
Going organic reason #10
Choosing organic food and other product sources today protects future generations. Take charge of the future and lead by example for your children.
Going organic reason #9
You can help sustain and support small organic farms and their families. Organic farms are truly "mom and pop" family farm. They are minute compared to commercial farms that treat their produce with pesticides and their animals with hormones.
Going organic reason #8
Organic techniques use less energy than an average farm and are good for the soil, water and local wildlife.
Going organic reason #7
Going organic goes beyond what you put in your mouth. Use organic products on your face, hair and body for a natural, and naturally beautiful, result.
Going organic reason #6
On average, organic produce is actually proven to provide more nutrients -- such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients -- than their chemically-treated, conventionally grown counterparts.
Going organic reason #5
Have you heard of cornfields that glow? You might never know that the food you are eating has been genetically modified because food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) does not have to be labeled as such in the U.S.
Going organic reason #4
Going organic helps reduce pollution and protects water and soil. Chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers utilized at conventional farms destroy our most precious resources.
Going organic reason #3
Organic meat and dairy products are not treated with antibiotics, drugs and growth hormones.
Going organic reason #2
Buying organic supports the preservation of agricultural diversity. There has been a dangerous loss of species due to our society's dependence on just a few varieties of food. Organic farmers utilize natural elements and traditional methods to produce a wide range of food.
Going organic reason #1
Organic products taste great thanks to high-quality soils that produce healthy plants. If you claim not to like fruits or vegetables, perhaps you should switch to organic for a refreshing treat for your taste buds!