by Sarah Phillips, CEO and founder, Ugly Produce is Beautiful
Organic food may be a little more expensive, but its benefits far outweigh the cost. More and more consumers are switching to organic foods due to the many benefits it offers.
Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering (GMOs); or ionizing radiation. Non-organic practices leave a chemical residue on the produce that sometimes penetrates the skin as well. Contrary to popular belief, washing the food doesn’t remove all of them. Since organic foods are grown without using chemicals, you can be assured that these harmful synthetic cancer-causing materials won’t accumulate in your body. NOTE: Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic farms have to meet strict guidelines in their farming methods. If there’s a certified organic on the food you are eating, you’re assured that the food has been carefully grown and its source has been certified and inspected by an Organic Certification Body. The USDA National Organic Program is the only system in the U.S. that provides certified standards for organic food. Foods labeled "USDA Organic" are the gold standard for health and sustainability.
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. When produce in the field is sprayed with chemicals, the pesticide that drifts in the air can contaminate a wide area beyond the farm. Water run-off carrying chemicals can contaminate a water system for a community. Growing organic produce also means that dangerous pesticide drift and chemical runoff will not harm your community.
Source: What is organic production?
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