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Why We Should Eat Organic Food!

  1. Protect Future Generations
    Children receive four times the exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. The food choice you make now will impact your child's health in the future.

  2. Prevent Soil Erosion
    The Soil Conservation Service estimates that more than three billion tons of topsoil are eroded from United States croplands each year, seven times faster than it can accumulate naturally. Soil is the foundation of the food chain in organic farming, but in conventional farming, the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants in a vertical position so they can be chemically fertilized. As a result, American and Canadian farms are suffering from the worst soil erosion in history.

  3. Protect Water Quality
    Water makes up two-thirds of our body mass and covers three-fourths of the planet. Despite its importance, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates pesticides contaminate the ground water in 38 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the country's population.

  4. Save Energy
    Farms have changed drastically in the last three generations, from the family-based small businesses dependent on human energy to large scale factory farms highly dependent on fossil fuels. Modern farming methods use more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country's total energy supply. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate, and harvest all the crops in the United States. Organic farming is still mainly based on labor-intensive practices such as weeding by hand and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic inputs.

  5. Keep Chemicals off Your Plate
    Many pesticides approved for use by the EPA were registered before extensive research linking these chemicals to cancer and other diseases had been established. Now the EPA considers that 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides and 30% insecticides are carcinogenic. A 1987 National Academy of Sciences report estimates that pesticides might be causing almost 1.5 million extra cases of cancer among Americans. Pesticides are implicated in birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and genetic mutation.

  6. Protect Farm Workers Health
    A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides were six times more likely to develop cancer than non-farmers. In California, reported pesticide poisonings among farm workers have risen an average of 14% a year since 1973, and doubled between 1975 and 1985. Farm workers' health also is a serious problem in developing nations, where pesticides can be poorly regulated. An estimated one million people are poisoned annually by pesticides. Several of the pesticides banned from use in the United States are still manufactured here for export to other countries.

  7. Help Small Farmers
    Although growing numbers of large scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small independently-owned and operated family farms of less than 100 acres. It's estimated that the United States has lost more than 650,000 family farms in the past decade. With the US Department of Agriculture predicting that half of this country's farm production will come from 1% of farms by the year 2000, organic farming could become one of the few hopes left for family farms.

  8. Support a True Economy
    Although organic food might seem more expensive than conventional foods, conventional food prices do not reflect hidden cost borne by taxpayers, including nearly $74 billion in federal subsidies in 1988. Other hidden costs include pesticide regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean up, and environmental damage.

  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 the soil lacking in natural minerals and nutrients. To replace the nutrients, chemical fertilizers are used, often in increasing amounts.

  10. Taste Better Flavor
    There's a good reason many chefs use organic foods in their recipes. They taste better. Organic farming starts with the nutrients of the soil which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately our palates.

Why We Should Have Our Children Eat Organic Food.

A 1993 published report by The National Academy of Science entitled, "Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children" has concluded that current government pesticide standards do not protect the health of children.

  1. Since babies bodies are immature, and immune and detoxification systems are in a state of development, there is a greater vulnerability to pesticides.
  2. Pound for pound, babies eat two to four times more vegetables and fruits than adults and so are exposed to a higher proportion of possible contaminants.
  3. The health effects of chronic low level exposure to pesticide residues are still unknown.

Another released report, "Pesticides in Children's Food" by the Environmental Working Group, concluded that the largest contribution to a person's lifetime risk of cancer from pesticide residues occurs during childhood.

Apart from your baby's health, a more indirect reason to feed your children organic food is the fact that it supports the growth of organic farming. This in turn helps protect the health of the environment - keep pesticides out of the earth and water supply - and will help preserve the planet for them and their children.

The long term savings found in good health and a clean environment can more than offset the added costs of organic foods in the long run.

 



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