Choosing to purchase only organic fruit, vegetables, and meat brings along an abundance of benefits and helps you to avoid undesirable chemicals. You improve the well-being of not only you and your family, but also the environment and many animals.
Help Decrease Pollution and Avoid Harmful Chemicals By Going Organic
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides are strong chemicals used to keep pests and weeds away from crops. They are sprayed upon fruits and vegetables as they grow, leaving harmful residue behind. These chemicals pose serious threat to not only the people consuming the food they are applied to, but also the farmers and workers who are applying and inhaling them, and the people and animals who live in the surrounding area of where they are sprayed. When these chemicals are distributed, they enter and pollute the air, the soil, and the water run-off that eventually makes its way to our rivers, streams, and reservoirs. Various studies have shown that consuming foods that have been treated with pesticides can attribute to serious health problems such as certain cancers, endocrine disruption, and reproductive damage.
One of the most famous pesticides used on non-organic crops is a weed-killer known as glyphosate, which has been deemed as "probably carcinogenic to humans", based on a study conducted by The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer. Due to the serious health risks associated with it, numerous countries have already either banned or outlawed products containing glyphosate, such as Sri Lanka, Brazil, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Hungary, Russia, China, The Netherlands, El Salvador, Germany, Poland, Columbia, Peru, France, Mexico, and particularly Argentina - whose Chaco region has seen birth defect rates quadruple within the first decade of using glyphosate products, according to the Huffington Post. Over 30,000 doctors and health professionals in Argentina are fighting to have glyphosate banned, blaming it for “spontaneous abortions, skin disease, respiratory illness, and neurological disease”, according to Argentina’s Union of medical professionals known as FESPROSA. Even scarier, traces of glyphosate have been found in the blood of unborn babies, proving that these harsh chemicals remain in our bodies long after we consume them, and can even enter the bodies of our offspring.
By choosing to eat organic, you are avoiding not only glyphosate, but the numerous other chemicals similar to it that are sprayed on farms each day. You're also supporting a healthier planet, because organic fruits and vegetables are never treated with any pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, or preservatives. They are usually treated with natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, and the land they are grown on is weeded naturally by hand, crop rotation, mulching, tilling, or even controlled by animals such as goats who can clear out fields of weeds in just a day or two.
In organic farming practices, insects are not kept away with toxic chemicals, but rather controlled by releasing other beneficial insects that prey upon them, or specific birds that feed on them. Ladybugs are a common, all-natural pest controller against other insects.
Organic Meat - Cleaner, Greener, and More Humane
Most non-organic meats come from animals who were kept in something called a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. In these facilities, cows, pigs, and chickens often live in their own feces and urine. They are confined in extremely small areas where some of them never even see the light of day. This lack of space does not enable them to move around much, sometimes to the point where they cannot even turn around. The animals often fall ill from living in these poor, overly-packed conditions; when one gets sick, they all get sick. To fix this, they are given antibiotics; However, it has been found that repeatedly treating livestock with antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as we have seen in recent years. According to globalhealingcenter.com,
"Animals in CAFOs are sick. No matter how much they’re vaccinated or drugged, they just get more sick. Factory farms are the primary source of drug-resistant infections. In fact, they were the first source. E. coli was not even considered an infectious bacterium until around 1983. It’s a necessary probiotic found in everyone’s gut. It’s necessary for digestion. The E. coli that causes deadly infections is a mutant caused by CAFOs."
Along with antibiotics, most non-organic meats come from animals who were treated with artificial growth hormones and steroids. This is done so that the animals grow unnaturally large, therefore increasing profit. According to The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, it has been found that there is a possible link between hormones in food and certain types of cancer, thyroid diseases, obesity, diabetes, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, asthma, and allergies in humans.
Additionally, most animals in CAFOs are fed animal byproducts - which can include anything from the ground-up kidneys and brain of another animal, to the blood, fatty tissue, and bone. The practice of feeding animal by-products to livestock attributes to numerous health hazards, such as mad cow disease, or BCE.
By choosing only USDA certified organic meat, you can support a happier and healthier life for livestock, and avoid harmful chemicals in your meat. Organic standards require that the animal has year-around access to the outdoors, and a living space that allows them to exercise their natural behaviors - such as grazing in a pasture and socializing with other animals of their kind. The animal also must have access to clean drinking water, both direct sunlight and shade, and clean, dry bedding. They also must have never been administered artificial growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, and fed only 100% organic feed.
Organic Food is Usually Fresher - and Tastier!
Organic fruits and vegetables are usually more fresh and tasty than those grown non-organically.They are not treated with preservatives or chemicals that will keep them from rotting, so therefore they are usually sold immediately after being harvested - when they are in prime condition. Non-organically grown fruits and vegetables are often picked and harvested before they even ripen, and then undergo an ethylene gas treatment in order to ripen them up for sale. While ethylene gas is said to be safe and nontoxic, the practice of applying it to unripened fruits and vegetables can affect the quality and taste of the produce because it causes them to ripen at an unnatural speed and time. Look for this label when shopping: