Why Organic?

What's Organic?
Organic farming avoids the use of toxic chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Rather, it places a huge importance on the maintenance of soil fertility and the development of biological diversity. Therefore, organic food products do not contain artificial ingredients and preservatives and are made to maintain the integrity of the food.

10 Reasons to Go Organic

1- Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public's assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs. The requirements for organic coffee production include farming without synthetic pesticides or other prohibited substances for three years and a sustainable crop rotation plan to prevent erosion, the depletion of soil nutrients, and control for pests.

2- Organic food tastes great! Some recently published studies in peer-reviewed journals have shown organic foods to have higher nutritional value. Also, because organic food is grown in well-balanced soil, it makes sense that these healthy plants have a great taste.

3- Organic production reduces health risks. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any harmful chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

4- 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.

5- Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain, and the primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6- Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. Organic agriculture 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.

7- 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 minimizing agriculture's impact on the environment.

8- Organic producers strive to preserve diversity. The loss of a large 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.

9- Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. The United States Department of Agriculture reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2 percent of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

10- Organic abundance! Now every food category has an organic alternative, and non-food agricultural products are being grown organically as well.

*Adapted from www.ota.com and www.organic.org.