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Reasons to eat organic food!

1. Organic production reduces health risks - Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Now, the EPA considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer causing.

2. It tastes great! - well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals

3. Organic farms respect our water resources/protect water quality - The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

4.  Organic foods build and protect top soil. - The Soil Conservation Service estimates that over 30 billion tons of topsoil are eroded from U.S. crop lands annually. The cause? Intensive mono-cropping (the planting of vast areas with the same crop year after year) and environmentally insensitive farming practices. The results? The worst topsoil erosion in history. Soil is the organic farmer's most revered tool. Rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers, they build their soil through natural amenities, such as composted manure, and by planting diverse crops. Organic farmers respect the soil and view it as the foundation of the food chain.

5.  Organic foods must meet stringent standards. - Organic certification standards are the public's assurance that their food and products have been grown and handled according to strict sustainable procedures without persistant toxic inputs. Consumers can find a diverse spectrum of certified organic products on supermarket and department store shelves, from snack foods to outdoor clothing. Until the federal regulations concerning the use of the term "organic" are in place, "certified organic" is the consumer's best assurance for organic authenticity.

6.  Organic foods preserve biodiversity. - The loss of a variety of species (biodiversity) is one of our most pressing environmental concerns. Many organic growers have been collecting and using heirloom seed varieties for decades. On the other hand, many conventional farms still grow hybridized vegetables and fruits, bred for uniformity, ease of shipping and cosmetic appearance. Such "modern" concerns have ignored the value of preserving a diversity of seed varieties, and therefore a more balanced ecosystem.

7. Organic foods keep rural communities healthy. - The USDA predicts that by the year 2000, half of the U.S. farm production will come from only 1% of farms. Organic farming may be one of the few survival tactics left for the family farm and rural communities. Many organic farms are independently owned and operated and have less than 100 acres.

8. Organic foods protect the health of farm workers. - While pesticides may pose a health risk to consumers, the risks are far greater for field workers. A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides had a six-times greater risk than non-farmers of contracting one type of cancer. Field workers on conventional farms, due to their direct exposure, are the most vulnerable to illness as a result of pesticide use. Organic farms eliminate that risk by eliminating harmful pesticides and other chemical inputs from their practices.

9.Organic foods represent a 'true' economy. - Organically grown products may seem more expensive, but mere retail prices are deceptive because conventionally raised and priced agricultural products represent only a fraction of the true cost. Current prices for conventionally grown foods do not reflect the costs of federal subsidies to conventional agriculture, the cost of contaminated drinking water, loss of wildlife habitat and soil erosion, or the cost of the disposal and clean up of hazardous wastes generated by the manufacturing of pesticides. Consumers can pay now or pay later. When you buy organically grown products you pay now for a more sustainable environment.

10. Organic foods protect the health of future generations. -
The average child receives four times more exposure than an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides in food. The food choices parents make today will impact their children's health tomorrow

I just ordered my first Riverford box!!!!!!
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Congrats!! We just cancelled ours as we're harvesting loads at the mo! xxx

Foods that prevent aging...

So I hear that eating enough of this can help prevent the onset of aging?
I think it sounds spammy. I honestly don't care either way because I found a great dr who said he could help my aging just in case anyone was interested! Getting a lifestyle lift is something I can't wait for! It will change my life- but I will make sure to the right organic foods every once in a while too. Organic so darn expensive here. urrgh!

Re: Foods that prevent aging...

AJAX wrote:
Organic so darn expensive here. urrgh!

I know what you mean! We'd starve to death trying to eat only organic foods!  Instead, we limit our organic purchases to the more pesticide-laden fruits and veggies--strawberries, apples, salad greens, green peppers--and continue to buy non-organic for the less toxic ones.  We've also reduced the amount of toxins in our municipal water by using our refrigerator water filter system.  We still live in a toxic world, but every little bit we can cut back on has to help!

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