12 Reasons to go Organic
Organic produce reduces health risks
Pesticides found as residues in our food have been found in independent studies to have serious long term effects including hormonal disruption, cancer, immune system suppression, nervous system damage, genetic damage and birth defects. Many of these pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to human diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 artificial poisons on its skin, even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go organic!
Organic farms respect our water resources
The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
Organic farmers build healthy soil
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.
Organic farmers work in harmony with nature
Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.
Organic producers are leaders in innovative research
Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimising agriculture’s impact on the environment.
If you eat dairy or meat products…
…going organic is essential to safeguard you and your family’s health. Intensively- reared dairy cows/farm animals may be fed antibiotics, growth promoting drugs, anti-parasitic drugs and many other medicines daily, regardless of illness. These drugs are passed directly onto the consumers of their dairy or meat produce, creating a toxic load that our bodies cannot cope with.
Organic producers strive to preserve diversity
The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
Pesticides on the rise
The NZ Food Safety Authority’s latest pesticide residue results were a nightmare.
* Pesticide residues found in 94% of targeted fruit and vegetable samples
* Prohibited endosulfan in 11 of 23 cucumber samples
* Dangerous fungicide exceeding allowable levels in 9 out of 24 Pak choi samples
* 18 different pesticides found among 24 grape samples
However… Organic fruit & vegetables are free of synthetic pesticides
Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified (GM) food.
Organic prices vs conventional prices
A realignment of the costs is under way, conventionally grown fruit and vegetable prices are on the rise. While the cost of organic produce remains steady because organic farmers have always taken into account the vagaries of the seasons, as well as being motivated by factors other than profit.
Organic food tastes great!
Its common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that contain more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes; which are nourishing, more delicious and more satisfying for people and animals to eat.