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Eight Reasons Why Organic Food is Better
April 30th by Anthony D'Atri

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1. Organic farming is better for the soil

Using organic farming practices, plants/trees roots run deeper and contain roughly 80% MORE soil microbes, which are the fungi that attach themselves to the tips of plant roots to aid in plant nutrient absorption.

2. Organic food helps fight cancer, stroke and heart problems

Food providing plants produce salicylic acid (main ingredient in aspirin to help our arteries and bowel cancer) to fend off stress and diseases, if they don't need the acid due to chemicals doing their job them less of the good stuff is passed on to us and more bad stuff is passed onto the soil.

3. Organic farming is better for wildlife

A typical organic field attracts roughly 50% more wildlife species, and 45% more birds in cultivated areas than an inorganic farm. Organic fields tend to attract twice as many butterflies and micro organisms than other fields.

4. Organic food contains more nutrients

This is no surprise, farms that do not use organic farming methods use chemicals to make their produce grow faster, in turn, the growth period has less of a nutrient effect on the food. Our nutritional value in our produce has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years; Potatoes contain 100% less vitamin A, 55% of it's Vitamin C and iron, 25% of it's calcium and 50% of it's riboflavin. Which leads me to wonder, why the heck are we paying so much more for so much less? Just feeding you the facts. :D

5. Organic apples are just better!

Have you ever been to an organic apple field? I have, and the difference is immense. Organic apples taste better, look better and as you could tell by the last paragraph, contain many more nutrients then inorganic counterparts. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

6. Organic farming protects the climate

Organic soil is full of living microbes which carry carbon. In experiments, soil fertility increased by 120% in manured pots versus 20% in the chemically treated pots. Another study showed that as well, and produced similar yields and pest damage. It's a fact, organic fields produce 25% more organic carbon that is stored in the ground (in microbes and living creatures), not in the air.

7. Organic farming produces higher yields in drought conditions

Organic soil is less compact and more moisture retentive which in turn allow the root systems to grow deeper for moisture sources. Canadian studies have been performed to prove that organic fields yield more produce in dry-spells than inorganic fields.

8. Organic food is safer

At the end of the day organic food is just safer. Organic farming creates more jobs, profits and doesn't pollute the water with all of the nitrogen run-off. Not only that but if you go to other countries and take a look at their work-force, it's a fact, working with chemicals is a health risk.

At the end of the day, everyone wins with organic farming practices. There will be less illness due to better nutrition and lack of harmful chemicals, a better taste to our food, better yields all year round, more wildlife and better quality soil. It's a no-brainer, do what you can for the precious land we live on and create a healthy and more sustainable nows and "future nows".

If you like this article, you will probably like our " Organic Gardening " article as well.