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18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food

Posted by Jean Nick on March 21, 2017 under Organic News & Sustainability

18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food | Nature's Path

The term “Organic” on a food or beverage label is more important to look for than most of the other feel-good marketing terms you may see -- such as natural, sustainable, or eco-friendly -- as only “organic” has a legal, enforceable, verified meaning.

 

Buying organic foods and beverages is a way of buying trustworthiness. Even if you don’t know the farmer, producer, or distributor of your food personally you can be sure that a third party certifying agency has scrutinized their records and visited their farm or facility to make sure they are telling you the truth.

 

From the farmer’s and producer’s point of view, organic certification and using an official organic seal on their labels is their way of promising you that they are doing everything they can to grow and produce the best and safest foods and beverages for you and your family.

 

Short of having your own farm or spending a lot of time investigating your local farms, certified organic foods and beverages are as close as you can get to guaranteeing that that the foods and beverages you buy and feed to your family are safe, healthful, and clean.

 

18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food | Nature's Path

 

When you pick up something bearing the USDA ORGANIC label or the CANADA ORGANIC-BIOLOGIQUE CANADA label you know that it was:

 

1. Grown from organic, non-GMO seeds or plants

2. Nourished with natural organic fertilizers and soil amendments

 

And that:

3. No sewage sludge was ever used

4. No synthetic insecticides, fungicides, or weed-killer were applied

5. No synthetic post-harvest treatments were used

 

If/when it was processed:

6. Only certified organic agricultural products were used*

7. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives were added

8. It wasn’t irradiated

9. No GMO ingredients were used

 

18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food | Nature's Path

 

Organically raised food tastes great and:

10. May contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients than conventionally raised food

11. Supports the preservation of heritage and locally-adapted varieties

 

You can also feel good knowing that your food dollars are helping support organic farmers and that organic farming methods :

12. Build soil organic matter and sequester carbon, helping to mitigate rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

13. Are pollinator-friendly, protecting bees and wild pollinators

14. Help preserve open space

15. Don’t expose the people who raised (or the people living next door to them) to synthetic toxins

16. Support a healthy environment for the wildlife in and around the farms

17. Release no genetically modified genes into the wild

18. Protect the streams and lakes downstream from toxic runoff

 

18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food | Nature's Path

18 Reasons To Buy Certified Organic Food | Nature's Path

*Both U.S. and Canadian organic regulations allow naturally occurring materials and compounds (such as salt and baking soda) and water from the certified organic requirement, as those things cannot be certified. They also allow for the use of small amounts (up to 5% of the total agricultural products used) of non-organic agricultural products or substances to be used if they are not yet available in organic versions and are included on the current edition of the National List.

 

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Written by Jean Nick

Jean Nick

Jean Nick is a lifelong organic gardener, sustainable farmer, scientist, author, and environmentalist. She has been writing about organic gardening and healthy lifestyles for the better part of three decades from her organic farm in rural Bucks County, PA.

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