Following on the track of buying power from Week#1, it's important to understand why there's such a push for us all to be buying organic fruits, veges and meats.
The main reason it's better to buy organic is that it's better for your health, but listed below are some sustainable points for why we should seek organic foods.
- Organic farming doesn't require non-renewable oil-based fertilizers and chemical based pesticides. Not only better for your health to not be putting these in your body, but better for the environment in which they're grown.
- Organic farming eliminates potentially harmful chemicals (used in commercial farming) from getting into our drinking water and waterways. Need I say more?
- Organic farming rebuilds soil health for productive cropland and helping to secure the future of Australian (home grown) agriculture. It also captures CO2 back into the soil in the form of humus. *Remember, clean soil and water are essential for growing food in years to come.
- Organic farming eliminates the use of growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically engineered drugs and feeds in, on and for livestock.
- Organic farming releases fewer greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating synthetic nitrogen fertilisers.
These are just a few reasons, you can find more at websites such as: https://www.foodwise.com.au/organic/, https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/blog/organic-food-sustainable/, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm or simply just google 'why buy organic foods'. Knowledge is power and knowing what you're buying and consuming is important.
And remember, the more organic we buy as a collective, the more demand for organic produce there is, the more organic practices farmers will undertake to meet demand.
Together, buying power is strong and can completely change how food is grown/raised for the better.