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There’s a lot of confusion and debate about what non-GMO and organic labels really mean. The labels are very different! It’s crucial to understand the difference if you want to pick out the healthiest and safest food for you and your family.
Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.
Every time we decide to buy a product, we are supporting so much more than our bodies. We are shaping the landscape of the entire food system – everything from the environment, land, air, water to the farmers themselves. And this is why I want you to know the truth about the “Non-GMO” label and what it really means.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Organic
1. Stop eating chemicals.
A cocktail of chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional farming and present on many of the foods we eat. Every heard of the dirty dozen?
2. Organic food is fresher.
Because it doesn’t contain life-extending preservatives, organic produce is often grown closer to home!
3. It’s better for the environment.
Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, use less energy, and replenish valuable nutrients in the soil.
4. It’s better for farm workers.
Pesticide-free farming is also better for the humans (and animals!) who live near farms.
5. Organic foods are richer in nutrients.
Organically grown foods have more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients than commercially grown foods because the soil is nourished with sustainable farming practices. On average, organically grown foods provide: 21% more iron, 27% more vitamin C, 29% more magnesium and 13% more phosphorus than their conventional counterparts.
6. Avoid GMOs.
While more research needs to be conducted into how genetically modified foods can potentially harm our health, it is certain that GMOs adversely affect the biodiversity of our crops (think monocrops!) and the sustainability of our ecosystems.
The “Non-GMO Project” label only verifies that a product doesn’t contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients (or technically less than 0.9% GMOs). While that is good, it’s not the whole story about what the product contains, how it was produced, and where it came from.
7. It’s better for wildlife.
Organic farming increases the diversity of plants and animals because it relies less on chemicals and more on environmentally sustainable farming practices.
8. Organic is more humane.
Organically raised animals are not given harmful antibiotics or growth hormones. They are not fed animal byproducts, which increase the risk of mad cow disease, and they are given more space and access to the outdoors to keep them healthy and happy.
9. Investing in the future.
Putting our money where our mouths are is a powerful way to direct the future of our food system. When we buy organic we are investing in sustainable farming that can be enjoyed for many generations to come!
10. It tastes better!
Well-nourished soil produces healthy, strong plants and organic foods are often grown with a focus for taste over appearance (think heirloom tomato varieties!). Don’t believe us? Try it! Get farm-fresh, organic meals and groceries delivered right to your door from Fresh City. Not for you? Cancel any time.