5 brilliant benefits of eating organic
Navigating the maze of organic food and its benefits can sometimes be a bit confusing. And since our Abundant Harvest Organics team has always worked hard to keep things positive, we want to share the 5 reasons we believe eating organic is a great choice—and definitely worth the investment for you and your family!
Benefits of eating organic
1- Peace of mind
Choosing organic means knowing the food you put on your table each day is free of synthetic pesticides, hormones, GMOs and food additives.
Because organic farmers approach pest control differently—through the use of insect traps, careful crop selection, predator insects or beneficial microorganisms—you can have peace of mind that your veggies are much less likely to have been exposed to harmful residues that come from things like pesticides.
Because conventional growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops, residue can remain on produce at levels of up to 4 times higher. Choosing organic allows you to limit your exposure. Charles Benbrook, a research professor with the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, says, “Organic plant-based foods offer some significant nutritional advantages, and also reduced risks associated with exposures to cadmium and pesticides in food.”
When it comes to farm animals, organic farmers use natural methods to maximize production. This includes allowing cattle to have a grass-fed diet and chickens to be free range. In general, organic farming means better conditions for our animals. All certified organic meat comes from animals that have only eaten organic food. This limits your exposure to hormones used on conventionally raised farm animals that are potentially harmful to humans.
The USDA’s regulations for organic food also prohibit genetically modified organisms (GMOs), so you know when you eat organic, it’s always non-GMO.
Eating organic also means not bogging your system down with things like food additives, processing aids and fortifying agents (such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colors and MSG).
2 – Higher nutritional quality
Organic crops are grown in healthy, biologically active soils. Plants nurtured by soil on organic farms produce crops that often contain higher levels of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
On average, antioxidant levels are higher in organic crops than in crops grown in traditional ways. According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, some levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, such as flavanones, flavonols and anthocyanins, were significantly higher. This is because organic crops are fertilized differently, and in ways that “support higher levels of certain nutrients.”
Organic meat and milk are also richer in certain nutrients. A 2016 European study showed that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.
3 – Better for our environment
Organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality. Organic farmers use sustainable methods such as crop rotation, pest predators and natural soil enrichment that protect native biodiversity and encourage soil stability and fertility.
According to EPA estimates, U.S. farmers use more than double the amount of pesticides that they used 30 years ago with a 10- to 100-fold increase in potency. Use of pesticides in conventional farming contributes to water pollution and the buildup of toxic residues that are affecting our food chain.
As farmers, we believe supporting our environment is essential to creating a positive future for our families, and it’s the reason for our commitment to providing the best organic produce possible to our customers.
4 – Supportive of our local economy
Organic produce is often produced on smaller farms near where it’s sold. This means that money spent with local farmers usually stays close to home and will likely be reinvested with other businesses and services in the community. Purchasing from local farmers helps them maintain local jobs and invest back into our local community. Purchasing from local sources also allows you to know your farmers and where they—and your food—come from.
Our desire to support local organic farmers is one of the reasons we started Abundant Harvest Organics. It allows us to serve the community by delivering fresh, organic produce and by providing opportunities for our local organic farmers to sell their flavorful organic produce.
5 – More flavor!
Local organic food is often produced on smaller farms near where it’s sold. And since it’s harvested when ripe, it comes to you fresher and full of flavor. Organic food is also often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives to make it last longer. When consuming organic foods, you reap the benefits of produce grown in healthy soil with no artificial additives.
There’s also research that shows when produce is grown organically, its taste is enhanced. This happens for several reasons, but the main one is that higher antioxidant levels in organic produce affect qualities like taste, aroma and “mouthfeel”—how our senses detect a food’s unique flavor. Higher nitrogen levels in conventional soil create more sugars and starches in fruits and vegetables and less antioxidants.
“…People are yearning for more intense flavors,” says Benbrook, “and there’s good news that organic farming accentuates flavor in fruits and vegetables.”
And we at Abundant Harvest Organics can definitely attest to that!