What Is Organic Food?
Organic food is freshly produced on farms that avoid using man-made fertilizers and pesticides. The term ‘organic’ describes things that are natural or related to nature. In common usage, it’s referred to as a way of producing items that work with nature, rather than against it.
Organic living means a higher level of animal welfare, a lower level of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilizers, and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment. All of this put together ultimately means one thing: more of our beautiful wildlife.
When you switch to an organic living lifestyle, you gain the capabilities to make more informed choices when confronted with decisions that influence your health, and all life among our wonderful planet. This lifestyle promotes sustainable development, and at the same time encourages the application of natural methods in work, life, and play.
Save the Planet, Go Organic!
How your food is grown or raised can have major impacts on how you live your life. The food you eat can affect your mental, physical, emotional health, and as we’ve already discussed, the environment.
There are a wide variety of benefits to organic farming and eating organic food. With us being at such a critical point in climate change; I wanted to highlight the ones that I feel are the most impactful. Let’s talk about the benefits of organic food when it comes to saving our planet. Up next are just a few of the reasons to make the switch to organic living.
Organic Food Is Better for Our Health
When you eat organic food, you’re not consuming any harmful or toxic substances that come with regularly grown food. In food that comes from inorganic farms, you’ll most likely find pesticides, artificial coloring and flavoring, synthetic hormones, and preservatives. While on the other hand, organic food has been found to contain:
- 69% higher levels of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables
- 50% higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in meat and dairy
- 48% lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium
- Conventional crops contain 4X more pesticide residue than organic.
Organic Food is Better for The Soil
Organic farming works with nature, not against it. Where there is intensive agriculture, there is soil erosion. When chemicals run off into water systems, weeds and insects become resistant to herbicides and pesticides. The health of our soil is tremendously important. Something many of us don’t think about are the conventional farming strips of soil nutrients. When this happens, it means that fields will eventually not be able to grow food anymore. When you have a global population relying on growing exponentially, we need as much land as we can get.
One of the best benefits of organic farming is that it doesn’t rely on synthetic or soil contamination, meaning that our wildlife can thrive. In addition to this, we receive long term food security, and when we consume organic food, our bodies gain essential nutrients as the food is grown in healthier soil.
Organic Farming Boosts Biodiversity
Ever driven through ‘’farm country’’ and realized that the fields that you repeatedly see all look the same and are filled with the same crops? Now, have a think about how that could affect the wildlife that lives there.
Research tells us that organic farming aids biodiversity as it uses fewer pesticides and inorganic fertilizers. On top of that, farmers can also adopt wildlife-friendly management of habitats where there are no crops, such as not weeding close to hedges, and by mixing livestock farming and arable.
All of this will allow biodiversity to flourish. And what’s more? Research also found organic farming produces increased levels of plant diversity. They grew in both abundances and in the number of species like insects, pollinators, and pest predators.