Organic plants are plants grown naturally without the use of artificial agents like fertilizers to grow them, or chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to protect them from pests, weeds, and fungi respectively.
For centuries, this was how much of farming was practiced until the wisdom of civilization dictated that crops could be grown faster and bigger with fertilizers; and that we could use chemicals to attack the pests and fungi on plants, and chemical herbicides to protect plants from weeds that tend to compete with plants on the farms.
Now, crops are sprayed with chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides. These chemical formulations have been produced by Pharmaceutical companies who are interested in profits they make from business farmers who are also more interested in profits than the healthy nature of the food you eat.
These chemicals are known to be highly toxic not just to the soil, but especially to the consumers of the farm products.
1.Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals by eating Organic:
DDT is one chemical that has been banned from the USA since 1972; yet this chemical is still used in pesticides. Teenage girls exposed to DDT are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer as adults. Trichlorfon, also used in pesticides is, according to the Extension Toxicology Network & The National Library of Medicine, associated with kidney damage, liver damage, birth defects, cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive defects etc.
2. More Abundant Nutrition in Organic:
Today’s farm lands, especially commercial farms, suffer deficit of nutrients due to long-term abuse of those farm lands with toxic chemicals. Because these farms are devoid of sufficient nutrients from chemical abuse and prolonged use of the lands for farming, plants don’t grow well on such farms. To deal with such nutrient deficiencies of the farm, commercial farmers use fertilizers to grow their crops.
These fertilizers are made up of 3 key nutrients, namely nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous (NPK). The 3 nutrients in the fertilizers enable plants to grow pretty fast so commercial farmers can make huge turnover and profits.
However, those 3 nutrients are not enough to match the nutrients in naturally grown plants. Other nutrients required by the plants include iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and several others. As long as the soil is deprived of those nutrients, the non-organic plants are deprived of the nutrients; and you are also deprived of the nutrients.
A study by UCLA in US on spinach revealed that you will have to eat 43 bowls of spinach in 1997 to ingest equal amount of iron found in a bowl of spinach in 1953.
Organic foods are more mineral-rich than their non-organic counterparts. Apart from the minerals, organic plants have abundant phytonutrients such as chlorophyll, beta-carotene, and lycopene, which are hardly found in non-organic foods.
3. Eating Organic enables you avoid GMOs
In order to boost more profits in commercial farming, today’s farming methods include the practice of taking certain genes of fish, humans, viruses, mold, and other plants and injecting them in tomatoes, corn, strawberry, in order to have increased yields of these and other farm products.
While the motive of improved profits from abundant harvest, bigger products, and sweeter products are achieved, there are several diseases now believed to be associated with GMOs. Such diseases include cancer, leaky gut syndrome, weakened immune system, autoimmune diseases, food allergies etc.
While some European Countries and several other Countries have banned GMO from their territory, it is interesting to note that third world countries such as Nigeria are embracing GMO, perhaps ignorant of the health risks.
Food can be medicine, with all its nutrients intact. But non-organic foods such as from plants sprayed with chemicals, or from GMOs are toxic, causing sever health damaging as seen in increasing numbers of cancer, osteoporosis, weakened immunity etc etc.
Avoid fruits and vegetables sold in most grocery stores like shoprite etc, until they begin to have fruits and vegetables that are actually labeled and certified as “organic’. Have a preference of buying fruits and vegetables from village or local markets.
Best of all have a small garden around your house where you can naturally grow some of your own vegetables.