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Ten reasons to go organic


Before listing the ten reasons, let’s define what is organic and why buy.

First, do not see “organic” as a brand, some people, from observation, look for organic products just because it seems like the “new” trend, but that is not and should not be the case.

It is common sense, but better yet, it simply makes sense. Photo credit: Julio Alberto Cruz

Though it helps organic growth and production, the “followers” and true health concerned consumers have helped businesses thrive.

U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to an estimated $20 billion in 2007 (Organic Trade Association).

Organic foods differ from conventional foods in the way the products are grown, processed and distributed.

Those foods are grown free of pesticides, toxic chemicals and any synthetic fertilizers. They’re also restricted from being genetically modified (OTA), meaning that the plant was genetically altered for a desired trait (size, color, etc.).

Conventional foods are the exact opposite.

Why buy organics? Aside from the following list (or you can download the PDF), buy it because it’s good for the environment, the workers and most importantly us, the people eating the delicious fresh food.

Ten reason  to purchase organics (California Certified Organic Farmers):

1. Protect future generations – The food choices we make today will impact our children’s future decisions and, most importantly, their health.

2. Protect water quality – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the pesticides (some cancerous) in contaminated water are in 38 states. Also the pollution is one main factor for contamination, affecting our primary source of drinking water.

3. Prevent soil erosion – In conventional farming, the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants in a vertical positions to be chemically fertilized.

4. Save energy – Conventional, modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country’s total energy.

5. Keep chemicals off your plate – Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides can cause an extra 1.4 million cancer cases among Americans over our lifetimes.

6. Promote farm worker health – An estimated 1 million workers are poisoned annually from pesticides.

7. Help small farmers – They are the ones that truly pay attention to the growth and process of organic foods. Sadly, it is a decreasing industry.

8. Support a true economy – Organic foods are more expensive than conventional ones, but it is a direct purchase, where the money is going and what is worth. Unlike the hidden costs by taxpayers in conventional used food products that may be cheaper at your local market.

9. Promote biodiversity – Mono-cropping is the practice of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year. While this approach tripled farm production between 1950 and 1970, the lack of natural diversity of plant life has left soil lacking in natural minerals and nutrients. To replace the nutrients, chemical fertilizers are used, often in increasing amounts.

10. Taste better flavor – It tastes way better. Pay attention to it. From the beginning of nourishing the soil to nourishing the plants to our mouths.

Also, check out organic certification and more about organics here at the Ecology Center’s website.



  1. ROSS LAURENCE WOLFE Mar 28, 2011

    Recently I wrote a blog entry offering a leftist critique of the ideology of “Green” environmentalism, organicism, deep ecology, animal rights activism, eco-feminism, and lifestyle politics in general (veganism, “dumpster diving,” “buying organic,” etc.). I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter and any responses you might have to its criticisms.

  2. BigMac Mar 25, 2011

    Could you point us to some literature where the USDA defines organic. To guarantee that using chemicals to grow food isn’t healthier, you should be able to prove your point through some documentation. Hell, you can’t even spell guarantee correctly.

    1. Frankleewhite2000 Mar 26, 2011

      And his ability to spell is enough to judge the rest of his character. Wow. Yeah Buddy you are a bic mac.

  3. someone Mar 25, 2011

    Organic has a very specific definition according to the USDA.
    It avoids synthetic chemical inputs such as fertalizers, pestacides, antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms.
    Chemicals may taste better to you, but I can garentee it aint healthier.
    Non-organic farms can even use sewer sludge as fertalizer (oh wait…I mean biosolids). Yum.
    Your grandparents ate organic. Back then it was just called food. Now they call chemical farming “conventional”, and organic farming “elitist”. People are so easily manipulated by marketing.
    I love when people spout off, but don’t actually know if what they are saying is true or not.

  4. oddboyout Mar 25, 2011

    The organic taste test Pen & Teller did on their show Bullshit! revealed that almost everyone finds non-organic to taste better. As well as people tasting two pieces of the same fruit differently when told one is organic.

  5. Man-in-Hat Mar 25, 2011

    Uh… organic crops are not required to be grown without pesticides. The farmers just have to use “organic pesticides,” which is a concept that’s exactly as dumb as it seems.

    It’s far more beneficial for the environment to eat LOCAL than to eat organic.

    BigMac is sorely mistaken on most of his/her points, but organic IS a nonsense word. This article is about as succinct as it gets: http://aaronknoll.com/2010/10/organic-does-not-mean-pesticide-free/

    And just to touch on BigMac’s argument that organic food “discriminates against poor people”: If anything, the conventional farming system discriminates against poor people by driving up the cost of real food – that is, unprocessed food – because soy and corn are so heavily subsidized. You may be interested in the documentaries “Food, Inc.” and “King Corn.”

  6. BigMac Mar 24, 2011

    I hate lists.
    1. Organic is a nonsense word. No one can agree on what it really means.
    2. Growing organic discriminates against poor people. More acreage yielding less food and higher prices.
    3. Growing organic pollutes more, not less. Lots more manure must be used.
    4. Growing organic has a bigger carbon footprint. Fertilizer has to be hauled from somewhere.
    5. There is no documented benefit to eating organic foods. Its all about feelings.

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