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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Ask EPPC

Why shop organic?

As your wander through the aisles at Trader Joe’s, you are struck with a conflict: organic product or mainstream product?

We all know that money is tight nowadays and that paying a dollar or two extra for a gallon of milk adds up. The price difference between organic and conventional food makes people wonder if “shopping organic” really does make an impact. However, there are six main reasons way it is not only good for you, but also for the environment.

First off, organic products have nutrient density. This means higher antioxidants because the farmers nourish the soil that they use for their products. Secondly, organic farms do not use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Pesticides – used to kill insects – are very detrimental to human health and animal well-being, and they pollute the air. In addition, the use of fertilizer releases an excess of nitrogen into the atmosphere, increasing eutrophication and dead zones.

Thirdly, organic farmers do not use breeding hormones, meaning their animals live in less stressful environments and the food that results has less harmful chemicals. Fourthly, organic farms refrain from using antibiotics, choosing to rely on natural measures to promote good animal health. Fifthly, organic products typically do not contain genetically modified organisms – the impacts of which are unknown. Lastly, many organic farmers are strong believers in animal care and raise their animals in healthy environments.

All these elements not only improve the well-being of our environment and livestock but are typically healthier for you, too.

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