This morning I came across this guest post on Focus Organic listing 10 reasons to go organic.
It is interesting reading, although I’d love to see the author’s sources referenced.
My biggest reasons are his #1 (pesticides are killers, ergo likely not good for your body either), #5 (protect water from excess pesticides, because they kill living things in the waterways), #7 (organic farms are better for wildlife) and #9 (workers on organic farms are not exposed to scary levels of pesticides).
His #4 is argued by some meat producers:
If you eat dairy or meat products, going organic is essential to safeguarding your family’s health. Traditional, non-organic raised dairy cows and farm animals are fed a dangerous cocktail of anti-biotics, growth promoting drugs, anti-parasite drugs and many other medicines on a daily basis, whether they are sick or not. These drugs are passed directly onto the consumers of their dairy produce or meat.
Many producers say these things are not in their meat products. Many environmentalists believe otherwise.
But I do believe #4 is valid — choose organic meat and dairy whenever possible — because of the fact that some pesticides are fat-soluble, meaning they are concentrated in animal fat. You could undo your organic-produce-eating by absorbing pesticides from conventional meat and dairy. Because of this situation, the U.S. government actually recommends that consumers trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish.
I also buy organic to support farmers who are trying to do the right thing by our health, our planet and the natural order of things.
EDITED: Just after I posted this, I came across this post with a link to a new study that found organic farming can be more productive than conventional methods – fascinating reading.
Why do you — or don’t you — buy organic?