Top 12 Reasons to Go Organic – Number 3, 2 &1

We’re down to the final 3 reasons to buy organic foods for your family. It’s striking what science has shown about the difference organic food can make to the nutritional quality of food. It’s no wonder the final 3 reasons all celebrate what organic food can do for you and your family.
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3. Boost the Nutritional Quality of Your Food. Organic crops are grown in healthier, biologically active soils. While crops on organic farms tend to yield somewhat less per acre and often take longer to grow than crops on conventional farms, plants nurtured by soil on organic farms produce crops that contain higher levels of important antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

2. Reduce Your Exposure to Harmful Synthetic Pesticides. Conventional farmers apply 2-12+ synthetic pesticides to their crops. The average serving of conventionally grown leafy greens, peppers, tree fruits, berries, and grapes contains three to four pesticide residues. Residues of some widely used pesticides can trigger subtle changes in a child’s development, and may lead to a wide range of health problems including ADHD, autism, obesity, and certain forms of cancer.

And possibly the most important reason of all for our kids

1. Organic Is the Only Alternative Delivering Meaningful Health Results. It is hard to miss the problems arising in the wake of the conventional food system–toxic exposures, birth defects, learning disabilities, obesity, water pollution, unacceptable suffering by farm animals, to name a few. While dozens of labels promise often undefined and unverified benefits, the certified organic label stands apart in consistently delivering what people care most deeply about–more nutritious food, grown using methods that minimize the use of toxins, while building soil quality and protecting water quality. A growing, dynamic organic food sector will stimulate valuable changes benefiting all of agriculture, as well as everyone dependent on the American farmer for three square meals a day.

Published on: August 26, 2011
About the Author
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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook is the Chief Scientist of the Organic Center. He joined the staff in 2003 where he works tirelessly (except a few fishing trips) to create scientifically based reports, papers, and articles to educate the public about the importance of organic food.

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