Like you, we at DEOSA Wholefoods, want to be healthy so that we can live a long, joyful and purposeful life here on our beautiful Earth. We know that the only way to achieve this is with the health that we are naturally meant to have. In order to gain true, natural health, we need vital, nutrient rich, natural foods, a clean home (Earth), a clean conscience and a clean body.
Here are the 3 essential reasons to buy Certified Organic Food:
1. For a CLEAN Home (Earth)
Did you know that approximately 30,000 tonnes of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators are used each year on conventional farms in Australia? (Oz Prospect, 2003) Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers don’t just pollute farmland and farm workers, they also wreak havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift affects non-farm communities with odourless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is polluting our precious water supplies and is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where its dead zone is now larger than 22,000 square kilometres! (Science magazine, August, 2002).
However, the strict standards governing Organic farming ban the use of chemicals and thus preserve the ecosystem.
Organic farms are oases of productivity and biodiversity. Trees, hedges, and wide un-farmed field edges are integral on organic farms and provide habitats for natural predators such as beetles, spiders and birds, which help control pests. Insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are all able to play their roles in the tapestry of ecology, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromise.
Organic farming reduces greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. The Australian Greenhouse Office says that fertiliser emissions accounted for two-thirds of all cropping emissions. Organic standards prohibit the use of nitrogen fertilisers (Cotton Research and Development Corporation, 2007). Working in harmony with nature, Organic farmers fertilise their fields by rotating crops, using compost, and planting crops which naturally feed nitrogen to the soil.
2. For a CLEAN Conscience
All Certified Organic farms are inspected by an independent third party at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in Australian law. Certified organic provides a guarantee that the product has been grown, handled, packaged and distributed whilst avoiding risk of contamination of the product to the point of sale – maintaining full trace-ability.
Whilst Organic farming is slower and more labor-intensive, Organic farms typically provide 50% more jobs per farm than conventional farms and because of their sustainability, ensure that there will be fair and healthy work opportunities for many people over the generations to come.
Organic Farming also ensures the humane treatment of farm animals as Organic livestock is grown in a way that conforms to natural needs for healthy growth and development. A healthy and happy animal results in healthy food for us.
3. For a CLEAN Body
Genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are contaminating our food supply at an alarming rate, with repercussions beyond understanding. The many exemptions from GE labelling laws in Australia makes it impossible to know which grocery items use GMO-derived ingredients. Organic food and farming prohibits the growing of any GM crops and the use of any GM products, so choosing Certified Organic is the only way to be sure that foods that have been genetically engineered, stay out of your diet.
More than 90% of the pesticides we consume are found in the fat and tissue of conventionally farmed meat and dairy products. The EPA reports that a majority of pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. Conventionally farmed cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals, not to mention the sex hormones and growth hormones they are given to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk they produce without requiring extra feed. These hormones cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures and so remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer’s diet when the meat or milk is eaten.
Choosing organic animal products is unyieldingly important, especially for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun as many studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. Numerous studies show that chemical pesticides adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer and decrease fertility. Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed “safe.” Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue.
It makes sense that food that is grown in harmony with nature is best for us. However, now it has been proven scientifically that organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’s review of 41 published studies). As a result of their naturally slower growth in nutrient rich soils and their lower water content, organic foods have a fuller, more satisfying flavour – testament to their increased levels of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Whether it is local fruit, imported rice or artisan cheese, eating organically demonstrates a reverence for the land and its people. No matter where the food comes from, organic farming has proven to use 30% less energy and is safer for the people who grow and harvest our food. As consumers, we hold a lot of power. By eating more seasonably we can support our local farmers, keep local money in our local community and reduce food miles.