The Benefits of Organic
Growing, buying, sharing and eating organic produce must become an integral part of our daily lives if we want to transition to a sustainable planet.
We need to shift from industrial-scale food systems that degrade the earth’s biosphere to food systems that regenerate the planet. Consequently, we need to support local, small-scale farmers who use regenerative and biodynamic practices. A recent report shows that organic agriculture has the ability to feed the world and save the planet.
Here are a further five reasons to go organic, including:
They fight free radicals
Anti-oxidants protect your cells from the damage caused by free radicals which are nasty molecules that may contribute to heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. The anti-oxidants found in fruits and vegetables grown naturally are more effective than in other produce, meaning that they keep you healthy for longer.
They cancel chemicals
To meet the increasing nutritional needs of consumers, crops need to thrive in the environment in which they are grown. But the natural world sometimes gets in the way. Farmers who rely on chemical pesticides to prevent insects from destroying their hard work end up degrading the microorganisms found in the topsoil.
Pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are often packed full of powerful chemicals, which may end up causing a number of health issues, including infertility, allergies and ADHD. Furthermore, the chemicals in pesticides and fungicides have an adverse effect on the functioning of ecosystems. These chemicals act as severe endocrine disruptors.
As chemicals seep into waterways and the food chain, other plants and animals die, therefore putting neighboring ecosystems into shock, creating imbalances in the overall system. Organic food, on the other hand, is pesticide-free. No poison, no problem.
They improve our immune system
Many crops have been genetically modified to make produce look better and grow bigger. The long-term effects of GMOs on human health are still unknown, but studies suggest that they could reduce the strength of our immune systems.
When our immune systems are not functioning optimally, we are susceptible to viruses and diseases. Due to not eating healthily we put un-due stress on our mind-body system. On the contrary, produce that hasn’t been modified grows the way it’s supposed to – naturally. By eating natural food we can maximize our potential.
They pack a punch
Organic produce is crammed full of all the minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids we need to stay healthy. Because organic is chemical-free, our bodies get the chance to absorb all the vital minerals for supreme health. The more minerals our bodies absorb, the better our immune system functions. We can thus optimize our well being by switching to an organic diet.
They encourage earthy farming
Organic farming is more sustainable than industrial agriculture because it prevents soil erosion, large-scale desertification and global warming. Small-scale organic farming builds healthy topsoil, thereby sequestering carbon dioxide in the ground, preventing runaway climate change.
The more people buy organic produce, the more farmers will be encouraged to switch their agricultural methods. Small-scale regenerative farming is one of the most effect measures we have against reversing climate breakdown. In a nutshell, buying organic produce means you’re voting for a sustainable future.
Finally, it is time that we reverse climate change by supporting local, organic farming practices. Your health will thank you for it.
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