There’s a famous saying that goes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
In a world where harmful chemicals can be found almost everywhere and in everything around us, it’s important to try to make changes that can positively affect our bodies and our environment whenever we can. One of the simplest, but most impactful, changes we can make to improve the health of our families and our planet is to choose to go organic.
1. Demand for organic foods and products can help others.
By now, you can walk into most grocery stores and find a section dedicated to organic foods and products. The reason for this is because a demand was created by consumers, like you, who are looking for a healthier alternative to produce grown with harmful pesticides and products containing chemicals that are toxic to our health.
Higher demands for healthy, organic foods and products can create a higher supply for all consumers and can help lower prices, making it an accessible option for more people. As an added bonus, an increased demand for organic food also supports local farmers, boosting the economy in your community.
2. Going organic can help you avoid harmful chemicals.
Much of the food that we consume is grown or produced with an enormous amount of chemicals. Research shows that many of the chemicals in our foods aren’t even tested for long-term health effects before they are considered “safe.”
Not only that, the growth hormones given to cattle in order to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk they produce can also have negative effects on our health. These hormones remain in their original form as they do not break down, even in high temperatures, and are subsequently transferred to your body after consumption.
By choosing certified organic or grass-fed products, you can reduce your exposure to these artificial hormones, which are known to increase the risk of cancer in humans. In addition, purchasing organic milk and grass-fed beef can help you reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides that can accumulate in animal fat.
In addition, much of the produce we eat is treated with chemicals, unless it is grown organically. See the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” to know which ones have the highest pesticide load.
Learn more about how to avoid consuming harmful chemicals here: Ten Ways to Make Sure You’re Not Eating Chemicals
3. It can help save bees.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, entitled How Your Long Commute to Work Is Affecting the Food You Eat, many species of insects and animals that pollinate plants are being threatened with extinction.
“Over 1,300 types of plants are grown worldwide for food, medicine, fabric and many other uses, and more than 87% of these plants are pollinated by insects like the honeybee, as well as various other animals.”
One major reason for the decline of pollinators (such as the honeybee) is the use of broad-spectrum pesticides in agriculture, which has led to the disruption or destruction of countless pollinator habitats.
If pollinators begin to disappear, “The number and diversity of wild plants will decline, and many ecosystems will become unstable and unable to thrive.”
By switching to produce grown organically and free of toxic chemicals, you can avoid ingesting substances that affect your health negatively, prevent the pollution of our groundwater through the use of synthetic fertilizers and dangerous pesticides, and help save our pollinator friends who are responsible for pollinating roughly one in three bites of food that we eat!
Can you think of any other reasons to go organic? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Care2: Why Organic Matters
FAO: What are the environmental benefits of organic agriculture?
EWG: Why Go Organic, Grass-Fed and Pasture-Raised?
EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™