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Benefits of Eating Organic Products
Promoting an organic diet is not only a healthier alternative for you and your family but, it is also a step towards promoting a better environment by saving it from harmful pesticides and fertilizers and encouraging sustainable organic farming traditions.
Organic foods are grown in healthy environment. They are the products from healthy soil and healthy plants and hence have great taste.
To be certified as organic, these foods have to meet high standards. They have to be grown, processed and handled in ways which the standards for certification demand.
The major benefit of going for organic foods is the absence of pesticides and fertilizers which are loaded with chemicals. One of the powerful chemical is organophosphorus, which has been found to be the cause of developmental problems like ADHD and autism. Organic farming boasts of chemical-free foods, good for both adults and also children who can grow up without the fear of being affected by toxins in their food.
Organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants than the non-organic ones with organic fruits and vegetables having 20% – 40% more antioxidants than non-organic ones. Organic tomatoes have 50% higher Vitamin C and 139% more total phenolic content than its conventional counterparts.
Milk from organically reared animals has more antioxidants, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and CLA than non-organically produced milk. These animals have more moving space and are allowed to graze in pastures and so, give better quality milk.
The welfare of the animals being reared for meat as well as dairy products is important. Crowded conditions make the animals sick and so, contamination, from animals who are packed together, is higher. These animals are reared in a healthy environment, have larger areas to move around and are also given access to the outdoors.
In non-organic livestock and feed-houses, antibiotics are used on the animals. These antibiotics are at risk of being passed on to the consumers, weakening their immune system and making them resistant against fighting various diseases over time. But, no antibiotics are used to produce organic foods. So, organically produced fish, meat, poultry and milk make a healthy diet.
Organic farming is carried out keeping the health of the environment also into consideration. Farmers concentrate on soil restoration and protection and take care to conserve the soil when they are growing organic products.
Organic farming means no pollution, topsoil erosion, nutrient depletion, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since mono-cropping and clear-cutting are avoided during organic farming, there is no scarring of the landmarks too.
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