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Organic food gives you all the things you are looking for, grown naturally the way nature intended it. When you buy organic foods, you don’t have to worry because organic farmers follow strict standards to grow the most natural fruits and vegetables. They don’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones, antibiotics, sewage sludge, irradiation, or any genetically modified organisms. Just look for the “Certified Organic” label, and you can be confident that stringent guidelines have been followed to bring you that wholesome natural product.

Along with this awareness of wanting to eat healthy foods usually comes a concern for how we treat the environment. As we become more educated about how conventional farming methods destroy top soil and pollute our waters, etc., it is only natural to want to buy food that has been grown by sustainable agricultural methods that avoid the unnecessary pollution caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Genetically Modified Organisms are another concern. Through scientific intervention to “improve” crops, mankind has potentially opened a Pandora’s box by messing around with Mother Nature. The long-term damages caused by these biological experiments could be irreversible. While government agencies argue they are perfectly safe, the jury is still out.

Making the commitment to organic food hardly means a sacrifice. The benefit to your personal health is just the start. Here are a few reasons that take you far beyond the standard ones you most likely already have heard.

Stringent Standards

The “Organic” certification you see on a product means that it has been grown, processed and handled according to strict guidelines and procedures – at the highest level it means it contains no toxic chemicals. Government sets standards for the production, processing and certification of organic food in the Organic Food Production.

Better for the Soil

Organic farming returns nourishment to the soil, which in turn creates better conditions for crops to thrive during droughts. Healthy soil acts much like a sponge and filter, so it helps to clean the water passing through it. Organically treated soil also traps carbon – and less of it in our atmosphere means fewer effects from climate change.

Better for the Water

Organic food is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, which can be leached from the soil and end up in water supplies.

Free of Genetic Modification

Organic food cannot be grown using genetically engineered seeds. Why would a seed be genetically altered? Our most common crops – corn, soy, cotton and canola – are often sprayed with heavy doses of pesticides that would otherwise even be damaging to the crops if their genetic structure had not been engineered to withstand these chemical substances.

Innovative Research

Mostly at their own expense, organic produce growers have paved the way with innovative research that has created ways to reduce our dependence on pesticides and chemical fertilizers – both often byproducts of fossil fuels. They also have led the way in developing more energy efficient ways of farming.

 Increases Consumer Choices

Thanks to organic farmers, nearly every food category offers an organic alternative. That has even extended into textiles. You can now sleep on sheets and wear clothes made of organic cotton.

Increases Biodiversity

For decades now, organic farmers have been collecting and preserving seeds – as well as reintroducing rare or unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables. It is mostly thanks to organic farmers that a large selection of heirloom tomatoes has become a common occurrence in grocery stores.

Harmonious with Nature

The organic philosophy of growing believes that wildlife is integral to a farm. Organic farms do not displace wildlife – they embrace it.

Protects Family Farms and Rural Communities

As India farm production continues to consolidate, small family farms are in danger of disappearing. With its higher profit margins, organic farming may be one way for family-owned farms to thrive – and in turn, revive dying rural communities.

Fresher, Better Tasting

There’s no argument that fresh food tastes better. Organic food often is fresher because is more perishable and has a shorter shelf life. It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

Organic vs. Conventional Produce - Comparison

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Type of Feed

Must be 100% organic; plastic pellets, urea, and animal waste prohibited as feed for organic livestock.

No specifications

Access to outdoors

Required by law

No specifications


Access to pasture

Required by law

No specifications

Use of antibiotics

Prohibited for organic livestock; antibiotics cannot be withheld if their use would prevent undue suffering, but animals treated with antibiotics are removed from the organic herd.

No restrictions on antibiotic use; Overuse of antibiotics in agriculture contributes to creating bacteria resistant to antibiotics

There are over 150 antibiotics approved for use in animals.

Synthetic growth hormones

Prohibited by law

Allowed for routine use to stimulate growth

Medical care

Must be provided


Animal drug review

Public approval process and mandatory periodic re-review of any drugs and supplements

No public review process and permanent listing.

Strategy for managing illness

Strong reliance on prevention. Living conditions and health care practices standards are regulated.

Strong reliance on treatment as backup


Use of added growth hormones

Prohibited by law

Prohibited in poultry and pork

Use of genetic engineering

Prohibited by law

No restrictions

Use of toxic and persistent pesticides

Prohibited by law

No restrictions


Use of sewage sludge on fields

Prohibited by law

No restrictions

Federally regulated



Third-party verification/certification by USDA accredited certifiers



Use of irradiation

Prohibited by law


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