The past several years have seen organic food skyrocket in popularity, propelled by two main reasons: concern for personal health and concern for the environment. Yet despite its many recognised benefits, many people are still hesitant to give organic food a try because they think it’s either too expensive or hard to find. Nevertheless, the demand for organic food is not just some silly trend that will eventually fade away. The organic food movement is here to stay, and joining it is something that can be truly worthwhile. Here are just a few of the many reasons why:
Organic Food is safer for you
Organic food is grown without the use of harsh pesticides, chemicals, or drugs that could cause serious health problems such as cancer. It doesn’t contain food additives, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives that can trigger reactions like allergies or migraines. Did you know that pesticide residues can remain on produce even after washing? And that conventional livestock is usually fed antibiotics and growth hormones? This means that when you eat regular produce, you might be ingesting harmful chemicals! And when you eat regular livestock, traces of the drugs that were pumped into them can remain in the meat and might end up in your system!
It’s safer for the environment
Growing organic food means working with nature, not against it. Organic farming requires taking care of the integrity and quality of the soil, whereas conventional farming methods can contribute to soil erosion. Pesticides and chemicals used in conventional farming can contaminate the soil and the water. The equipment and machinery used by conventional farmers, such as tractors that run on petroleum, rely on fossil fuels that taint the air. By not using pesticides and chemicals, organic farmers avoid polluting the soil, water, and air. Organic farmers are also able to raise their livestock in better, healthier, and more humane conditions.
It actually costs less… really!
Yes, organic food can carry much higher price tags than non-organic food. But this is mostly because the prices of non-organic food don’t include the “hidden costs” of damage to your health and the environment. When you choose food that’s grown naturally, you can feel safe knowing that you’re not consuming any artificial ingredients that could do your body more harm than good. When you choose food that’s grown with minimal impact on the pollution of the environment, you can feel better knowing that you’re helping make the air you breathe and the water you drink a little cleaner. In the long run, you’ll actually be saving money that you might otherwise have spent on treatment for health conditions that you could have avoided by eating organic food.
Organic Food can taste better!
Because it’s allowed to grow naturally – without using any methods or components to speed up growth – and isn’t laden with chemicals and artificial ingredients, organic food tastes the way nature intended.
And can be more nutritious
Because the food is allowed to take as much time as it needs to grow, it’s able to mature and fully develop the nutrients that it’s supposed to contain naturally. Also, because it’s grown in healthier conditions, organic food may absorb more of the nutrients that come from the soil.
As more and more people realise the many benefits of eating organic food, the more widely available it will be, and the more affordable it will become. Even now, from tiny backyard gardens being tended by individual families for their personal consumption, to small farms being managed by dedicated farmers wanting to share nature’s pure bounties with their neighbors, to big companies seizing the opportunity to balance profitability with social and environmental responsibility, the organic food movement is undergoing a welcome democratization. So you see, when you eat organic food, you’ll be doing so much more than taking care of your own health. That’s more than enough reason to go organic, don’t you think?