1. No Additives. Organic food is free from additives and preservatives that can cause a variety of health problems, ranging from heart disease to hyperactivity.
2. Avoids Pesticides. Organic produce are grown without the use of pesticides. That means chemicals regularly used in farming will not find their way onto your dinner plate.
3. No GM. Genetically modified crops and ingredients are not allowed under strict organic guidelines.
4. High Standards. Organic produce comes from trusted sources with organic farms and food sources being regularly inspected.
5. It tastes better. Conventional foods are chosen for yield not taste, grown out of season, picked green, transported long distances, stored in controlled atmosphere for long periods, and sold as ‘fresh’ in the supermarket. Organic food is fresh and taste how real food should.
6. It’s better for our children. Infants are more susceptible to toxins than adults. Toddlers eating mostly organic food have been found to have less than one sixth the pesticide residues in their urine compared to children eating conventional foods.
7. It’s better for the animals. Organic animals are not caged and given a quality of life that allows them to perform natural, social and physical functions. They are raised without synthetic growth hormones, limiting vaccine use and not using routine antibiotics. Live export is also prohibited under organically certified operations.
8. It’s better for the environment. Lower pollution from sprays means less carbon dioxide, the gas primarily related to global warming.
9. It’s better for our skin. Certified Organic skincare don’t use synthetic colouring agents and fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients, silicones, paraffin and petroleum products. It is cruelty free and prohibits animal testing.
10. Social responsibility. Buying organically means you uphold the principles of fair trade that looks after worker’s rights. Poor working conditions and child labour issues continue to plague the clothing the clothing industry and some consumers are unaware that cheap clothes come at a cost to people and the environment. Certified organic textiles and products provide a healthy and ethical alternative.
Reference: austorganic.com, farmfreshorganic.com.au, organicexpo.com.au