Reasons Why Organic is good4u

Ten Reasons Why Organic is Good for the Environment


  1. Listen for the buzz of biodiversity—five times more bumblebees were found on small organic farms in Sweden than large conventional ones.
  2. Earthworms have been called “ecosystem engineers” because of the valuable services they supply to the soil. Guess which apple orchard had 20 times more earthworms? The organic one!
  3. Birds are the best natural pest control! In Sweden, birds were twice as plentiful on small organic farms, and in the U.S—2.6 times more abundant in organic cornfields.
  4. Organic farms support more pollinators because organic management practices, including crop rotation and cover crops, cultivate a wider range of flowering plants—pollinator food!
  5. 161 different pesticides have been found in beehives—many pose a significant health risk to bees. Organic farming protects pollinators, reducing their exposure to toxic synthetic insecticides.
  6. One billion pounds of pesticides are applied in the U.S. every year, contaminating groundwater that wildlife and people rely on for drinking! Organic agriculture prohibits toxic synthetic chemicals. 
  7. 1.7 million tons of phosphorous and nitrogen from chemical fertilizers and sewage are dumped into the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River every year, creating a massive Dead Zone. Choose organic to protect water supplies. 
  8. Mycorrhizal Fungi is vital for building healthy soil, and capturing N20, a greenhouse gas with 300 times more warming potential than CO2. Chemical fertilization significantly decreases this valuable resource, while organic fertilization strengthens the relationship between plants and fungi.
  9. Organic soil has much greater microbial diversity, an essential component of soil health!
  10. Organic farming increases the carbon content of soil—evidenced by a meta-analysis of data from 74 different studies!  


Ten Reasons Why Organic is Good for the Economy


  1. A 9.6-fold increase in net income—the financial advantage realized by a farm after eight years of transition to organic! Good for the farmer = good for the economy.
  2. "Ecosystem services," which include climate regulation, water quality, and erosion control, are currently being lost at a price tag of $4.3-20.2 trillion/year, due to land-use change. Converting to organic has significant potential to boost the value of ecosystem services, but only 1% of global farmland is organic.
  3. $40 billion annually in the U.S.—it's the estimated cost of lost topsoil because of dependence on mono-cropping and chemical fertilizers. Organic farming builds topsoil with cover crops, crop rotation, compost, and more.
  4. Organic methods don't cost taxpayers an estimated $157 billion per year to clean up fertilizer pollution, including $1.7 billion to remove nitrates from the public water supply!
  5. What's better for pollinators is better for the economy—nearly $200 billion (in 2005) was the estimated worth of global crops pollinated by honeybees. Colony collapse disorder has increased the cost of pollinator services for U.S. farmers by 20%!  
  6. Industrialized farming is bad for local economies—in a review of studies on communities where industrialized agriculture dominates, 57% experienced detrimental impacts, especially to socio-economic conditions.
  7. Smaller farms circulate more money through local economies. The average size of an organic farm in the U.S. is 285 acres, compared to the overall average farm size of 418 acres. (per 2008 and 2012 census data respectively).
  8. Organic Hotspots—counties with a high level of organic agriculture that also have neighboring counties with high organic activity are a boon to the local economy! 225 U.S. counties have been identified as hotspots.
  9. On average, the poverty rate goes down by 1.35 percentage points in counties with organic hot spots.
  10. $2,000—that's how much the median household income rises in counties with organic hot spots.


Ten Reasons Why Organic is Better4u!


  1. Eating organic food could boost your antioxidant intake by up to 40%! That's like eating two more portions of fruits and veg a day.
  2. 120% more antioxidant activity—that’s how organic spinach compares to conventional!
  3. Organic strawberries have a longer shelf life, higher antioxidant activity, and more Vitamin C, studies show.
  4. Organic meat, and dairy have a better Omega 3: Omega 6 fatty acid balance.
  5. Grass-fed and organic meat and milk also have more of this good4u fatty acid—CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)!
  6. No GMOs, no human sewage sludge, no irradiation—Certified Organic standards say a big NO thank you to those!
  7. 48% less cadmium, a toxic metal, was found in organic produce than in conventional, according to multiple studies.  
  8. Pesticide residue is 400% lower, on average, in organic produce than conventional, studies show.
  9. 94% of Americans have pesticide breakdown products in their urine.
  10. One week of eating an organic diet (at least 80%) reduced organophosphate pesticide metabolites in participants' urine by 96%!

Ten Reasons Why Natural Grocers is America's Organic Month Headquarters®

  1. It's 100% Certified Organic produce for us—every day, all the time. Never conventional. Never genetically modified. We're the only national chain who can say that!
  2. We're Certified Organic Food Handlers—inspected annually by a third-party agency to guarantee we're using organic approved processes and cleaning products.
  3. We were organic before it was official! The USDA Organic Foods Production Act happened in 1990, but our produce has always been organic.
  4. Got Ladybug Love? We do! We pledge never to use pesticides that are harmful to beneficial insects and to always support organic farming.
  5. When it comes to house brands—we have the best in house, and 77.7% (to date) of our delicious foods and eco-friendly household products are Certified Organic.
  6. Artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives are NEVER welcome in our grocery department
  7. Our dairy is 100% pasture-based—we require a minimum grazing season of 120 days! We also don’t allow antibiotics, hormones or other growth promoters.
  8. More than half of our bulk selections are Certified Organic and 100% of them are Non-GMO!
  9. Our humanely raised and sustainably sourced Meat and Seafood Standards include a wide range of organic selections, and are always antibiotic and hormone-free!
  10. Every year we donate to Beyond Pesticides, including this month’s fundraiser!


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