Going organic can seem like a daunting and expensive transition to make, but doing so is not only good for your health but for the health of animals and the environment. Making the transition to an organic lifestyle is something beneficial for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 benefits that come from switching to an organic lifestyle.
The popular perception of organic foods is that they are healthier for us. The reason for an increase in health benefits is mainly due to the fact that organic foods are safer. Some may believe that organic foods are pesticide free. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. It can’t be. If crops were 100 percent pesticide free, insects would destroy them to the point where they couldn’t be used. The difference then lies in the type of pesticides used. There are a number of pesticides certified and approved by the USDA. These pesticides are natural and derived from plants. They biodegrade faster and are less harmful to the surrounding water and plants.
2. Better Soil, Better Crops
As mentioned, organic crops require more natural pesticides. They add to the health of soil while synthetic pesticides add to the destruction of healthier soil. Organic farming employs a process of crop rotation which helps replenish nitrogen in the soil, improves soil structure to increase fertility, and decreases the build up of pathogens and pests. Having healthier soil improves the nutrient content of crops.
3. More Flavor
Due to the fact that nutrients in crops are more protected in organic farming, they are also more packed with flavor. A contributing factor to the increased flavor is a lower concentration of water and sugar. So when you shy away from an organic alternative to a regular grocery purchase because of the price, realize you are getting a bang for your buck.
4. Better For Animals
Better soil leads to better crops, but it also leads to better grass for our cattle to graze. Organic beef is made from cows raised on a certified organic pasture. Cattle raised this way are prohibited from receiving any growth hormones. They are fed organically certified grain or grass and roam the wild pastures. This is unlike farm raised cattle, which are commonly raised in feedlots with virtually no space to roam around and are fed less nutritious grain. When the cattle that you consume was raised in a healthy, natural way, you are also consuming less potentially harmful additives and hormones.
5. Benefits Local Farmers and Economies
When you buy organic, you are supporting the livelihood of local farmers, which in turn benefits your local economies. In addition to monetary benefits to farmers, their health and the health of their families is also improved. Organic farming reduces the amount of toxic chemicals that are released into the environment and into the water supply that is most directly used by the farmers.
Making the transition to an organic lifestyle can be intimidating, but with the numerous benefits to ourselves and our environment, it is something everyone can do. If you are worried about making the change, you can take it one step at a time, making small changes. When it comes to your health, it is worth the price.