Published On: Thu, Nov 5th, 2009

Ten great reasons for buying organic foods

 

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Ten great reasons for

buying organic foods

By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete

(HealingTalks)  The top reasons among zillions of good reasons for buying organic foods are as follows:

Organic foods … do not harm or deplete our topsoil

The soil of our earth is the foundation of the whole human and environmental food chain. The typical organic farm is teaming with life – from butterflies, to frogs, to bees, to you name it. Conventional farms have polluted and depleted soils. They have rendered them sterile, using herbicides and pesticides to kill other life forms. Also through the vast degradation of our soil, we are losing cropland topsoil seven times faster than it is being replaced naturally.

Organic foods … protect our waters

Nearly 700 hundred toxic chemicals pollute our groundwater, many of them coming from agricutural pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals cause cancer and other debilitating  illnesses and are not removed by conventional means. Virtually all the drinking water in the US is polluted and 2/3rds of our own bodies are made up of water.

Organic foods … save energy

Conventional farming methods use far more petroleum, both to create chemical fertilizers and to till, cultivate and harvest crops. Organic farms are more labor-intensive. Government subsidized conventional farms use 12% of the US total energy consumption. Ultimately we pay the far, far higher price either in taxes and/or the horrid devastation that yields global warming

Organic foods … impact the quality of our foods  

US agriculture uses more than 800 pounds of toxic pesticides alone. Over 3,000 chemicals are mixed  into our foods directly, and nearly 10,000 are used in the production and storing of foods. Most of these chemicals are harmful to our health. They may engender cancer, birth defects, neurological illnesses, dementia and other serious dysfunctions. According to the EPA, 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides and 30% of pesticides are carcinogenic. The National Academy of Sciences estimate as far back as 1987 that pesticides could cause over a million cancer cases in the US alone over our lifetimes. On the positive side, organic produce has repeatedly been proven to have higher levels of essential nutrients, being grow in more living, mineral-rich, composted soils.

Organic foods …  protect farm workers

Studies have shown a link between pesticide use and Parkinson’s disease, leukemia and cancers among farm workers. An NCI study found that farm workers employed on conventional farms had 6x higher risk of getting cancer. A California study showed that farm workers in the field had the highest occupational illnesses rates of all California workers.

Organic foods … help small farmers to  survive

Most organic farms are family-owned with less than a 100 acres. There has been a vast decimation of family farms for the past few decades. At the turn of the 20th century, farming was the primary livelihood in the US. Now it represents less than 1%. Organic farming remains among the last refuges for surviving family farms amid competition from large industrial farms that try to “cut-throat monopolize” the market. Over a million family farms have been lost over the last  couple decades.

Organic foods … reduce the real economic costs

Amid the illusions of the marketplace created by political forces, again many fail to see that organic foods are actually cheaper overall. First conventional farming is hugely subsidized and has hidden costs that are borne by all taxpayers. If you add the health and environmental costs, organic produce is really and truly the least expensive. We must remember that  in the US medical costs have risen from 5% to 16% of the GNP in the last 20 years. Then there is hazardous waste removal costs and that of toxic substance testing and regulation, soil erosion, loss of fertility, wildlife decimation, and so on and so forth ad infinitum. You get the picture.

Organic foods … promotes biodiversity

Organic farms tend to preserve heirloom varieties while large conventional farms do not and engage in sterile, mechanistic monocropping. The latter requires increasingly more lethal pesticide use as pest become resistant over time and crops become subject to wholesale blights. It was monocropping, followed by a blight, that caused the famous Irish potato famine.

Organic foods … affects our children’s future

Children ingest up to 4X the level of toxic residues compared to that of their parents. Tests have shown that exposure in early life, as early as in the womb , reveals residues in the placenta fluids. This often leads to much more cancer latter in life. The damage can be passed on genetically to affect all subsequent generations in a harmful way. This is why we need to detox or help our bodies get rid of lifetime toxic loads. If all-organic food buying seems expensive at first, consider skipping a meal to help your body detox. Or fast for a day. Or shop at a direct farmers market, plant your own organic home garden, work a few hours for your local food coop and/or farm in exchange, and so on. Be creative. Where there is a will there is always a way.

Organic food represents a wiser vision of and posture towards nature 

All living forms have awareness because life’s foundation resides in a presence of consciousness. From tiny nano-bacteria to huge dinosaurs, living organisms have  awareness. This awareness forms, in my experience, the universal relationship of connection in all of nature, and ultimately the foundation of oneness that interconnects all living creatures. The mechanical worldview of the 17th century disrupts and destroys this weave. This is because its view is based on universally separative symbols (math symbols used to create the mechanical vision). The mechanical view is  thus based on opposite principles to those of life in nature. This is the root reason why when the mechanical vision is deeply (not surface) applied,  this unravels the connective weave of ecospheres. Actually the deeper applications threaten the sustainability of life on earth. This is further why toxic pesticides and herbicides are being banned in several nations.  Otherwise we  follow a death-delivering approach to farming – with carcinogenic impacts on our body and vast disruptions of surrounding nature.

Go organic 

For these ten reasons, let us wisely GO ORGANIC TO THRIVE.

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