Food produced organically or sustainably provides a host of benefits, not only to the (lucky) consumer, but to those who produce the products they enjoy. Below are a few of the many immediate and long-range benefits of eating food that can honestly claim it’s “natural”.
The Bad Things Go Down:
- Decreased exposure to pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and other unhealthy additives (e.g., growth-hormones)
- Decreased total cholesterol levels, risk of certain cancers
- Up to 50% less consumption of fossil fuels
- Less damage to local ecosystems
- Less encroachment upon (and threat) to wild habitats
The Positives Go Up:
- Increased intake of vital vitamins and nutrients
- Increased colon function
- Improved soil health and longevity
- Animal by-products from healthier animals, and,
- Better living conditions for animals
In addition to these, there is the greater benefit of supporting sustainable agriculture. Soil degradation has reached epic proportions (currently around 25% of all agricultural land is highly degraded, chiefly from over the intensification of industrial farming). Sustainable farming, on the other hand, employs systems that are soil-restorative, are more resistant to droughts, and produce long-range benefits for local ecosystems, better conditions for farm labor, and an overall better-tasting product.
When you buy organic, you are supporting the enjoyment of great-tasting and nutritious food for this generation and generations to come. At From the Farm.com, you get all the value of enjoying produce that’s been picked that day, without having to leave home. Please visit our online “Farmers’ Market” to have fresh and in-season organic produce delivered straight to your door.
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