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10 Reasons to Go Organic

Organic certification

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There is a poster advocating why organic is better for our health and the planet. I haven’t seen it but fellow permaculturist Patrick Blampied did and wrote about it on the Permaculture Research Institute website.

  • Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals. The average chemically grown apple has 20 – 30 artificial poisons on its skin even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go organic!
  • Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients than intensively farmed produce. Science says that’s good for you.
  • Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified foods. And by buying organic, you register your mistrust of GMOs and are doing your bit to protect against them.
  • If you eat meat or dairy products, going organic has never been more essential to safeguard you and your family’s health. Intensively farmed dairy cows and farm animals are fed a dangerous cocktail of antibiotics, growth promoting drugs, anti-parasite drugs and many other medicines on a daily basis. These drugs are passed on directly to the consumers of their meat and dairy produce, which must be a contributing factor to meat related diseases like coronaries and high blood pressure.
  • About 99% of non-organic farm animals in the UK are now fed GM soya. And there has never been a reported case of BSE in organic cattle in the UK. Common sense says that organic is safe food.
  • Organic food simply tastes so much better. Fruit and Vegetables full of juice and flavour, and there are so many different varieties to try! There are over 100 different kinds of organic potatoes available!
  • Organic farms support and nurture our beautiful and diverse wildlife. Over the last 30 years, intensive farming has lead to dramatic erosion of soil, a fall of up to 70% of wild bird life in some areas, the destruction of ancient hedgerows, and the near extinction of some of the most beautiful species of butterflies, frogs, grass snakes and wild mammals.
  • Organic food is not really more expensive than intensively farmed food as we pay for conventional food through our taxes. We spend billions of dollars every year cleaning up the mess agrochemicals make to our natural water supply. Go organic for a more genuine cost effective future.
  • Intensive farming can seriously damage farm workers health. There are much higher instances of cancer, respiratory problems and other major diseases in farm workers from non-organic farms. This is particularly true for developing countries, and for agrochemical farms growing cotton. So go organic if you care about other people.
  • And if you simply like the idea of your children and grandchildren being able to visit the countryside and play in the forests and fields like we did when we were young, go organic for the sake of all our futures.

I am a big proponent of organic food and permaculture for reasons above and much more.

Happy eating and may you feast on wonderful meals lovingly prepared from fresh organic produce! 🙂


About Urban permaculturist

I have an interest in sustainability; from food security to renewable energy. I am also a keen food gardener and vegetarian cook. For more information, check out my blog at:


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