1. Greater Nutritional Value
Organic crops have been shown to be 69% higher in important antioxidants like phenolic acids, flavanones and anthocyanin than conventionally grown crops. One study showed, organic tomatoes containing substantially more phenolic compounds than conventional #tomatoes. Another study showed that organic strawberries had 9% more #antioxidants and way more vitamin C than conventional strawberries. The reason for this is because plants without pesticides and fertilizers have a higher production of #phytochemical in order to strengthen their resistance to bugs. Antioxidants are crucial for combating free radical damage and reducing both oxidative stress and inflammation. These are big drivers of various #diseases. It doesn’t just end there, studies show that organic dairy and meat contain 62% more omega 3 fats and 25% less omega 6 fats than conventional dairy and meat. This is important because most people eat too many omega 6 fats and not enough #omega 3 fats which can cause inflammation.
2. Less Toxins
Conventional crops are sprayed with herbicides, fertilizers and endocrine disruptors like pesticides. They also can contain GMO’s, antibiotics, growth hormones and some conventional products even go through #irradiation. Organic crops may still contain some pesticide residue but it is significantly less. Organic meat, eggs and dairy do not contain added antibiotics or growth hormones nor are they fed GMO feed. Conventional #animal foods are given #antibiotics even when they are not sick and the risk of generating antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals poses a big threat to human health. Sometimes conventionally raised animals are fed animal byproducts which can increase the risk of mad cow disease. Organically raised animals tend to be given more space and are outdoors which keeps them healthier.
3. More Sustainable
Although there is still plenty of room for improvement, organic agriculture takes a preventative approach to treat their soil properly. Due to less toxins being sprayed on the soil, soil biodiversity and productivity is increased. If the organic crops are managed effectively, they can greatly reduce the risk of groundwater pollution. Organic #agriculture practices such as minimum tillage and returning crop residues to the soil have a substantial impact on mitigating #globalwarming as they increase return of carbon to the soil. At an ecosystem level, the absence of chemicals within organic farms creates more sustainable habitats for wildlife and greatly increases #biodiversity. When a consumer buy organic products they are contributing to a less polluted agricultural system. Overall, organic farming tends to reduce #pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy.
Bonus: #Organic tastes better and is usually fresher!!!