At the True Food Co-op you fill paper bags with your food and printed on the bags are the following reasons for buying organic food, some which you may not have considered:
1. For my well-being:
Hydrogenated fats controvertial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and MSG are banned under organic standards.
It has been argued that organic food does not contain any more vitamins and minerals than non-organic food, but for me it is what is NOT included that appeals more to me than the extras. I love the fact that my food is as nature intended with no chemicals that could potentially effect my health in unknown ways.
2. For animals:
organic standards insist that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air the thrive and grow, garunteeing a truly free-range life.
I care about animals and their welfare, I want them to have had happy lives before I eat them or their produce. I believe that nothing good can come to your health by eating the flesh of an animal who had a stressful and unhappy life and death.
3. For wildlife:
Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies.
As above, I care about animals and wildlife, bees particularly are having a lot of problems and crops sprayed with chemicals are one of the potential culprits for their demise.
4. For GM free diet:
Genetically modified (GM) crops are ingredients are banned under organic standards.
I believe that food should be as nature intended, there is a difference between natural cross pollination and altering the genetics of a plant in a lab.
5. For the environment:
Organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming - choosing organic, local and seasonal food can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
As an environmentalist I am passionate about the health of our planet, I am thankful that buying organic means I am having less of a negative impact on the environment.
Do you buy organic? Do you think it is worth the extra money?