organic/local foods

what is Organic foods?


Crops are generally grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation (a form of radiation used to kill bacteria, or biotechnology. Animals on organic farms eat organically grown feed, aren't confined 100 percent of the time. And are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.

Is it good for us?

Organic foods may have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason way is In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds. Some studies have linked pesticides in our food to everything from headaches to cancer to birth defects — but many experts maintain that the levels in conventional food are safe for most healthy adults. Even low-level pesticide exposure, however, can be significantly more toxic for fetuses and children due to their less-developed immune systems and for pregnant women it puts added strain on their already taxed organs, according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences.

Pesticide contamination isn't as much of a concern in meats and dairy products but many scientists are concerned about the antibiotics being given to most farm animals: Many are the same antibiotics humans rely on, and overuse of these drugs has already enabled bacteria to develop resistance to them, rendering them less effective in fighting infection,

ITs beter for the environment!

Is buying organic better for the environment?
Organic farming reduces pollutants in groundwater and creates richer soil that aids plant growth while reducing erosion, according to the Organic Trade Association. It also decreases pesticides that can end up in your drinking glass; in some cities, pesticides in tap water have been measured at unsafe levels for weeks at a time, according to an analysis performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). (To find out about the safety of your tap water, visit the EWG website at ewg.org/tapwater/yourwater.) Plus, organic farming used 50 percent less energy than conventional farming methods in one 15-year study.



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