Friday, March 22, 2013

Buy Organic – For you and the Environment

Organic agriculture is the best possible produce for our children’s health, our own health, our communities and our country as a whole.  Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people, it relies on ecological processes, bio-diversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects and organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.
Supporting big-business agriculture and factory farming can have negative effects on your health. Factory farms have a “reliance on pesticides, require heavy doses of insecticides and herbicides and an increasing need for fertilizers”. There are other negative effects of industrial agriculture, including “environmental and social costs, damage to fisheries, constant clean-up of surface and groundwater polluted with animal waste, increased health risks from pesticides, increased ozone pollution via methane byproducts of animals and global warming from heavy use of fossil fuels, and industrial agriculture also uses huge amounts of water, energy and industrialized chemicals.” (Wikipedia).
If all those reasons weren’t enough, consider this photo comparing organic to industrially grown crops:

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