Why Buy Organic Products?
Every day, more and more people are choosing to buy organic. So, what is organic farming and why should we care about it? When crops are grown organically, it means that they weren’t grown with chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or GMOs. Organic farmers also protect the soil by using crop rotation, inter-cropping, symbiosis, cover crops, and minimum tillage. So by definition, organic farming takes measures to avoid synthetic chemicals and protect the soil. From the food we eat to the clothes we put on our body, it's important that we start making the switch to organic products. It's sad that we need to buy specific "organic" products to avoid harmful chemicals (you would think that all products should be deemed safe) but it's our reality now. Every dollar you spend you are voting for and supporting a practice that is either helping or hurting our earth.
Soil erosion is perhaps one of the biggest under reported problems we are facing. Much of it is caused by large scale and unsustainable farming techniques. By contrast, organic farming strengthens the soil and helps it retain water and nutrients. Its added storage capacity helps prevent excess nutrients from going into the groundwater, and carbon from entering the atmosphere. This helps to mitigate the greenhouse effect and prevent water pollution.
There’s a lot of talk about the biodiversity in rain forests, but a lot less about agricultural biodiversity. Despite that, agricultural biodiversity is extremely important for soil and water conservation, as well as pollination. Unfortunately, biodiversity loss to intensive agriculture is a major problem. Luckily, there’s a practical solution. When you buy food and clothing that is organic, you’re allowing wild plants to flourish and provide a habitat for birds, bees and other farmland species.
There are many health benefits to organic farming too. For one thing, organic food comes with a lot less pesticide residue. The common pesticide used in the United States is Roundup. Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate which has been label as a probable carcinogen. It has also been shown to cause an alteration in your gut microbiome which can lead to autoimmune diseases, cancers, and chronic diseases. Human studies have also showed that the exposure of pregnant women to pesticides could hinder their child's brain development. It definitely isn’t something that belongs inside your body. Organic produce tends to have a higher concentration of antioxidants too, which protect the cells in your body.
Most organic consumers will buy organic food and stop there. But there are good reasons to buy organic clothes too. Cotton is one of the most common crops in the world, and it’s a water-intensive crop too. When cotton is grown organically, it doesn’t require as much irrigation. Buying organic clothing gives you the peace of mind in knowing that harsh chemicals are not included in your purchase.
When you buy organic clothing, you are also protecting the workers who handle the fabrics on a daily basis. They aren't exposed to harsh pesticides, reducing their risk of illnesses.
Just like organic food, organic clothing comes with little to no pesticide residue. This is important for anybody who has sensitive skin, especially growing children. Be mindful of the detergents you use when you're washing the clothes. If they contain any harsh chemicals, they could cause just as much harm as conventional clothing.
Even if organic food and clothing are more expensive than their conventional counterparts, they are well worth buying. So the next time you go shopping, look for the Organic Certification. It’s safer, it helps mitigate the greenhouse effect, and it promotes biodiversity.