- There’s evidence that many organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than their non-organic counterparts. Research has shown that an organic diet can dramatically reduce pesticide levels in kids’ bodies.
- On average, organic samples contained higher total antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients like polyphenols and flavonoids than conventionally raised foods.
- Organic milk and meat are higher in omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) — heart-healthy fats that can help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Increased grazing is suspected to increase CLA content of organically raised milk and meat; CLA levels have been shown to be higher in the breastmilk of women who consumed such foods.
It’s good for farmers
- Organic farmers and growers don’t handle toxic, persistent pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers that can pose a health hazard.
- Organic agriculture can be good for a farmer’s economic health. Many small family farmers do well in an agricultural economy otherwise dominated by giant factory farms.
It’s good for the animals and the environment
- Organic practices means livestock are kept strong, healthy and productive through good nutrition, less stress and humane living conditions, rather than through antibiotics or injections of artificial growth hormones.
- Our soil, rivers, drinking water and air also benefit from organic agriculture, because organic practices don’t contaminate them with toxic persistent chemicals.
- Organic means less dependence on fossil fuels. Organic farming practices can help reduce climate change. Converting all of America’s cropland to organic is estimated to have the same carbon-reducing effect as taking 217 million cars off the road!