7 Reasons to eat more organic

Not just because you look around and see more people eating organic. Not just because you float on a vague idea of organic food being better or more fashionable. Do your reading. No time? Don’t worry, we’ll do it for you! Here are seven (our lucky number!) reasons taken from research into why organic is better. To sum it up: You are what you eat.

Reason 1: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Reason 2: Soil is life

In the same vein, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studied the soil for nine years.(1) In short, they saw that conventional farming led to dead soil. This soil could not connect to anything. In other words, the soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham found that organic farming yields soil where you can find 600 million to 1 billion good bacteria in one teaspoon of soil. 15,000 different species of bacteria were represented. One teaspoon of conventionally farmed soil had just 100 good bacteria in it.(2)

That is to say, to return to Wendell Berry, organically farmed soil is soil that can be the great connector of lives. Above all, it can be the source of true and beautiful things.

Reason 3: Organic has healing antioxidants

Reason 4: Fake in, fake out

Reason 5: Organic allows more to flourish on farmland

“When you see the word organic on something, it means you’re eating food that’s more real.”

Reason 6: Pesticides are the true pests

Reason 7: A symptom of true health

Much is depleted while conventional farming maintains productivity. But there’s so much more to aim towards than productivity. There is richness, there is complexity. Left on their own, natural environmental balances can get us closer to true health. Organic farming allows that to happen more.(5) Again we cite Wendell Berry: soil is the healer, the restorer, and the resurrector. It is the only true symptom of true health.

So, there you have it. The lucky seven!

Related reading

References

(2) Ingham, E.R., “Review of the effects of twelve selected biocides on target and non-target soil organisms.” Crop Protection, 1985, https://www.soilfoodweb.com/.

(3) Baranski M et al, “Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses.”, British Journal of Nutrition, 2014, https://bit.ly/2ILnOD9.

(4) EU Food Safety, https://bit.ly/2B9YrbT.

(5) Ingham, E.R., “Understanding the Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham”, Oxford Real Farming 2015 conference keynote presentation, https://bit.ly/2IIJ2U0.

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