10 Good Reasons To Go Organic

While doing some research on organic certification, I came across this really cool website for organic farmers and retailers called The Organic Trade Association.  The site is mostly full of information for tradespeople, not for normal folks like you and me, but they did have an awesome article on 10 Good Reasons To Go Organic, so I thought I would share their reasons with you all.   You can visit the site by clicking here.

10 Good Reasons To Go Organic
1.  Organic products meet stringent standards
Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.
2.  Organic food tastes great!
It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.
3.  Organic production reduces health risks
Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
4.  Organic farms respect our water resources
The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
5.  Organic farmers build healthy soil
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils. 
6.  Organic farmers work in harmony with nature
Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas. 
7.  Organic producers are leaders in innovative research
Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment. 
8.  Organic producers strive to preserve diversity
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades. 
9.  Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy
USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops. 
10.  Organic abundance – Foods and non-foods alike!
Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

All information was taken from The Organic Trade Association.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lindseytinsey on September 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. It’s very important.
    I like #6 a lot. I wish we could be more in harmony with nature but sometimes it’s like we have no choice. If it could just be a little easier and inexpensive to buy organic products, that would be nice.
    I try not to think about all the pesticides and chemicals I consume everyday… eww.


  2. Posted by elo on September 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I love the idea of going organic, but it is so expensive! are there any “cheap” ways to go organic?


  3. Posted by Mary Gilbert on September 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    The most enexpensive way to go organic whould be to grow your own vegetables and fruit. Living in Calif. it would easy and in years past most people did grow their own. Most of us have good soil in which to grow our vegetables. Just buy two tomatoe plants in the late spring and watch and see how many tomatoes you get in the summer. You do have to water those plants at least twice a week depending on how hot it is where you live. Go for it next spring. Have fun ! They taste so sweet.


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