Why organic?
 
What does “organic” mean?

The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are
grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and
maintained in order for products to be labeled as "organic".

Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no
modifications, and must remain separate from conventional
products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides,
bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and
sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
         
While even organic food has its own share of issues, it’s a major step in the right direction toward optimal health
and brings back the emphasis on quality. Just as the food industry has the choice to put unhealthy food on the
market, you have the choice to not put it on your plate. Here are some good reasons why you should make this
choice and buy organic as often as possible.
         
No Chemical Toxins

Your cells are the foundation of your health. Chemical toxins
cause them to malfunction and sometimes damage or kill
them. They also cause your detoxification system, primarily
consisting of your liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and skin, to
work overtime and eventually malfunction as well. Recent
cancer rates are as high as one out of every two people and
chemical toxins are a leading cause.

Conventionally grown crops are sprayed with significant
amounts of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides,
and chemical fertilizers. These chemicals are designed to kill
other forms of life and you may very well be eating them.

Don’t think you’re safe just because you rinse your food. While
it does help, many of the chemicals are deeply absorbed and
cannot be rinsed off.
         
More Nutrients

By ignoring the laws of nature and over farming their land, conventional farmers deplete there soil. Common
sense should tell you that crops grown in depleted soil will have low nutrient quantities. Conversely, organic
farming involves crop rotation and other practices that replenish the soil and keep it full of nutrients for the crops
to absorb.

It is Good for the Planet

The chemicals used in conventional farming kill many of the microorganisms in the soil that keep it healthy. And
as I just said, conventional farmers over farm their land and deplete it of its nutrients. Crops that are grown in
low nutrient soil are obviously less healthy. As a result, they’re more susceptible to weed overgrowth, insects,
and other predators. This calls for the use of even more chemicals and fertilizers.

Although putting these chemicals into the earth is bad enough, the soil becomes more and more depleted until it
is so devoid of life and nutrients that it can no longer be farmed on at all. American food corporations are
already buying land to farm in other countries because of this. Eventually we will run out of land to farm. What
will happen then?
         
It is Not Genetically Modified

By eating genetically engineered crops, we are introducing DNA into our bodies that
we've never encountered during our millions of years of evolution.

Many well respected scientists are strongly opposed to genetically modified foods
research surfacing that shows genetically engineered foods to be quite dangerous.
Furthermore, there is astounding evidence that the FDA went ahead and prematurely
approved the introduction of genetically modified foods despite all of this.
Many of the foods you buy in the supermarket are genetically modified or have genetically modified ingredients
in them. Because food manufacturers are not required to tell you this, you have no way of knowing unless you
buy certified organic.
         
No Irradiation

We all know that the radiation produced by x-ray machines can be dangerous. This is made obvious by the
heavy protective garments that have to be worn and the shielded room used by the technician. Food irradiation
zaps food with 150 million times as much radiation. How much nutrition do you think is left in the food after that?

The purpose of irradiation is to kill pathogens, but the ironic part is that it doesn’t kill all pathogens and certainly
destroys most of the food’s good qualities. Irradiation also changes the chemical structure of the molecules
within the food and can transform them into mutagenic and carcinogenic compounds that promote cancer.
         
It is Certified

The USDA has rigid requirements that must be met before a farmer or
food producer can use the USDA’s certified organic emblem. Their soil is
thoroughly tested and must be free of chemical exposure for at least
three years. The food they produce must be free of any chemical or
genetically engineered ingredients and must not have been raised or
produced with any drugs or hormones. It also can’t be irradiated.

Aside from buying directly from a farmer that you trust, buying USDA
certified organic food is the best chance you have of knowing your food
comes from a high quality source. Be aware that there are plenty of bogus
certification agencies that are making it easier and easier to sell food as
certified organic.
If it’s certified by anyone other than the USDA, be wary.

Be especially skeptical of products labeled as natural because there’s
absolutely no regulation for it at all.
         
         
  GO ORGANIC!