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Benefits of Organic Food

Organic food is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, such as human-made pesticides and fertilizers, and does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).The manner in which your food is grown or raised can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health, as well as the environment. Organic foods often include more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than conventionally cultivated foods, and those who are allergic to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may discover that their symptoms reduce or disappear when they eat only organic foods. Pesticides are less prevalent in organic vegetables. In conventional agriculture, chemicals such as synthetic fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are frequently employed, and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is frequently fresher because it does not contain preservatives that extend its shelf life. Organic produce is sometimes (but not always, so check the label) grown on smaller farms closer to where it is sold. Organic farming is generally beneficial for the environment. Organic farming practises have the potential to reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, boost soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without synthetic pesticides benefits local birds and animals as well as people who live near fields.

Antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal byproducts are not provided to organically bred animals. Feeding animals animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE), and antibiotic use can result in antibiotic-resistant bacterium strains. Organically grown animals are typically given more space to walk about and access to the outdoors, which aids in their health. Organic meat and milk may provide more nutrients.

According to the findings of a 2016 European study, quantities of some nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50% higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally grown counterparts.
GMOs are not present in organic food. GMOs or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding, most typically to make them pesticide resistant or to create an insecticide.

Health

Organic food contains no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Cleaner food implies cleaner diets, which leads to a healthier you.

Soil

Organic farming promotes soil health. A healthy soil produces a healthy food and an atmosphere. Organic agriculture is built on healthy soil. To produce healthy soil, organic farmers employ natural organic fertilizers and soil supplements such as organic matter (items you can compost), green manures (cover crops planted expressly for soil enhancement, such as legumes), and animal manures (with safety limitations).  Crops are better equipped to withstand illness, survive drought, and tolerate insects when cultivated in fertile soil. The USDA’s Guide for Organic Crop Producers contains more information on increasing soil fertility on an organic farm. 

Cancer

Eating organic can lower your cancer risk. According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, people who ate organic foods on a regular basis had a decreased overall risk of acquiring cancer. Those who primarily ate organic foods were more likely to avoid non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer than those who ate organic foods only seldom or never.

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