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Why Choose Organic

Still not sure about the whole organic movement? There are a few good reasons why you might want to think about making organic purchases when you can.

Organic fruits and vegetables do not have the chemical traces and residues that conventionally grown produce does. Between seed and harvest, most food plants are treated numerous times with fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Some of these substances are absorbed by the food, and some just linger on the outside. Either way, there are chemicals in your food. So the main reason why people choose organic is due to the health benefits of not adding these substances into your body.

Aside from that, there are also several environmental factors that come with organic farming that can influence your choices. All of these added chemicals end up in the soil, which can be harmful particularly once these things penetrate to the water table or leach out into river run-off. By supporting more natural growing techniques, you can help reduce the pollution created by large farming businesses.

Official organic labeling doesn't only apply to fruits and vegetables either. Organic meat, eggs and milk are also available these days and have an added benefit with regards to the treatment of animals. Though organic standards are primarily about uses of chemicals, including antibiotics for animals, there are provisions about how animals are to be treated under the organic banner.

According to the USDA (who monitors and regulates the organic industry), animals must be fed organic feed and cannot be treated with any antibiotics or growth hormones. They also must be given access to outdoor areas. Not only are animals able to get outside, the fact that they cannot be treated with antibiotics means that the farmer has to take particular effort to keep their living conditions clean and healthy for the animals well-being.

So not only are you doing your body a favor by choosing organic products, you are also taking a step towards a cleaner world outside as well. Every little bit helps.

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