Why is Organic Best?

The following information is from our manufacturer, Mountain Rose Herbs.

Pesticides? No Thanks!

Organic farming methods often involve more labor, but take far less of a toll on the environment and your health. In fact, they improve the local ecology through soil building, crop rotation, careful harvesting, assimilation of the local environment, and composting. Conventional nonorganic crops require large amounts of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers that are directly sprayed on the crops or injected into the ground. This presents serious problems in the form of run-off from the originating farms, and it contributes to the contamination of our ground water supply. This residue will also be fed through wildlife by a process known as bio-accumulation, forever changing the blueprints that Mother Nature designed. It also neutralizes the composition of the soil, creating an “addict-like” dependency for synthetic supplements-which, of course, leads to an increased use in chemicals. We need to remind ourselves that when we don’t buy organic, we’re assuming a risk-not only with the planet, but also with our health.

Benefits of Buying Organic

  1. Chemical-free food/herbs – Need we say more?
  2. Natural, sustainable agriculture – Organic crops build healthy soil through crop rotation, using composting methods and relying on natural cycles of life to help reap bountiful harvests.
  3. Farm worker safety – Nonorganic harvesters are directly exposed to agricultural chemicals, which adds enormous health risks such as skin irritations, lung degeneration, and several known cancers. Organic harvesters need not worry about this.
  4. Reduced pollution – Organic agriculture avoids substances that contribute to air, water, and soil pollution, and it does not contribute to the problem of chemical manufacturing and waste disposal.
  5. Our bodies will thank us!

Some Interesting Facts About Pesticides

  1. The EPA estimates that U.S. sales of pesticides in 2000-2001 exceeded $11 billion, thus representing over two billion pounds of pesticides being dumped on U.S. farm soil, homes, gardens, schools, golf courses, and more. This is about eight pounds for every man, woman, and child in the entire country.
  2. There are over 21,000 different pesticides on the U.S. market, containing over 875 active compounds. Many of these have been proven to have health implications, and the others are unknown.
  3. In the study “Food and the Environment: A Consumer’s Perspective,” 86% of respondents said they believe there is a connection between the health of the environment and their own well-being.
  4. Since 1945, total U.S. crop losses from insect damage have nearly doubled. During the same time, insecticide use has increased tenfold. Today, 71 known carcinogenic pesticides are sprayed on food crops. (In Harmony’s report, “Pesticides: Losing Their Effectiveness”)
  5. The EPA estimates that there are approximately 20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide poisonings each year among agricultural workers. These are only the ones that have been reported.
  6. The EPA reports that Americans ingest and are exposed to over 167 times more dioxin every day than the acceptable daily level.
  7. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, only 1% of all imported fruits and vegetables are tested by the Food and Drug Administration for illegal pesticide residues.
  8. The CDC has gone on record as stating, “Pesticides are toxic to life forms by their very design.”

Use at least 10% Organic for a Better World

Here are some statistics about the incorporation of organic products into our own lifestyles. We find these numbers to be faithful and staggering.

By converting at least 10% of your food, fiber, and cosmetic purchases, you will:

  • Eliminate pesticides from 98 million daily U.S. servings of drinking water
  • Assure 20 million daily servings of milk that are produced without antibiotics and genetically modified growth hormones
  • Assure 53 million daily servings of pesticide-free fruit and vegetables (enough for 10 million kids to have five daily servings)
  • Eliminate use of growth hormones, genetically engineered drugs and feeds, and 2.5 million pounds of antibiotics used on livestock annually (more than twice the amount of antibiotics used to treat human infections)
  • Assure that 915 million animals are treated more humanely
  • Fight climate change by capturing an additional 6.5 billion pounds of carbon in soil (that’s the equivalent of taking two million cars, each averaging 12,000 miles per year, off the road)
  • Eliminate 2.9 billion barrels of imported oil annually (equal to 406,000 Olympic eight-lane competition pools)
  • Restore 25,800 square miles of degraded soils to rich, highly productive cropland (an amount of land equal to the size of West Virginia)

 

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