Organics and the Planet

"If people really understood the connection of environmental damage to their own lives, they would be much more motivated to preserve and protect the environment."
--Dr. Eric Chivian, director of Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment, in Veterinary World, Spring 1999.

Benefit of organic
Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. Because organic agriculture doesn't use toxic and persistent pesticides, choosing organic products is an easy way to help protect yourself.

Organic growers use biological and cultural practices as their first line of defense against pests. Methods include crop rotation, the selection of resistant varieties, nutrient and water management, the provision of habitat for the natural enemies of pests, and release of beneficial organisms to protect crops from damage. The only pesticides that allowed in organic agricultural must be on an approved use, with restricted use.

Meanwhile, consumers are exposed to toxic and persistent chemicals due to current practices:
Measurable effects of pesticides in the environment:
The government has proven lax in its promises to address pesticide-related problems:

Known effects of pesticides on humans and other living beings:
Rate of usage of toxic pesticides is still significant: The Organic Trade Association is the leading business association representing the organic industry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Its more than 1200 members include growers, processors, shippers, retailers, certification organizations and others involved in the business of producing and selling certified organic products.

Organic Trade Association, July 2002

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About "Organic"
Nutritional Considerations
Organics and the Planet

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Health Benefits
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