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Why Organic Is Better for the Earth

farm-backThere’s a reason why 100% of the fruits and vegetables we sell are organic … actually there are a few reasons. You already know why we choose organic for your health, so here are the top six reasons why we support organic farming to lessen our impact on the land and work in harmony with the natural world. Here’s what you help to keep in the environment (the good stuff) and what you keep out (the bad stuff) when you pick that organic apple instead of the nonorganic one.

What Organic Farming Keeps Out of the Land
1. Pesticides out of our drinking water: All those pesticides sprayed by farmers using conventional agriculture methods don’t just stay on the food; the chemicals travel through the soil and into our groundwater. A recent study from the Rodale Institute, an organic farming research organization, found that water leaching from conventional farms more frequently exceeded the legal limit for pesticide concentrations in drinking water compared to runoff from organic farms. This is especially concerning as pesticides of all sorts have been found in breast milk, children’s urine and even umbilical cords.

2. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) out of our food: We believe strongly that everyone should be able to know what’s in their food and where it comes from, so we support both state and national GMO labeling initiatives. From an sustainability standpoint, organic farming lessens the use of chemical pesticides as genetically modified crops have led to an explosion in herbicide use, reports Rodale.

3. Pollution out of our air: Organic farming helps remove carbon dioxide from the air. Through crop rotation and other eco-farming methods, soils are built to be more resistant to weather changes so they do not break down as easily, finds Rodale. Even better, if every acre of U.S. crop land used organic farming practices, says the Organic Trade Association, that would have the impact of eliminating 217 million cars from the roads.

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What Organic Farming Keeps In the Land
1. Bees: Did you know that without these little pollinators we wouldn’t have blueberries, peaches, almonds, and other Good Food? Organic farming offers our buzzing friends an environment free from chemicals and mites that interfere with bees’ natural navigation, growth, and their pollinating jobs. Farmers have reported a reduction in the rates of colony collapse disorder in areas of organic farming.

2. Nutrients in the soil and your food: By using practices such as crop rotation, organic farmers improve soil nutrient density. Not only does this help to put more nutrients into food, but it keeps the ecosystem healthy and strong.

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3. Biodiversity in plants, insects, and animals: Farming organically ensures nature’s sustainability by helping crops withstand environmental threats and disease.  A just-released study found that organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect, and animal species than conventional farms.

Carole Martell is the Sustainability Specialist at Door to Door Organics. She oversees environmental accountability efforts around the reduction of food miles, water and land pollution, and packaging and food waste. With the help of each location’s “green teams,” we’re working to increase our commitment to a sustainable environment. 

Additional research provided by Lindsey Hoffman.

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