While organic food may cost more than non-organic food, we have to think about the hidden costs of chemical agriculture and eating non-organic food in the long-run. Food is not just about money, we also have our health and the environment to think about!
Hidden Cost # 1: The Environment
Chemical agriculture uses an array of pesticides that can pollute our water, soils and the air we breathe. They can also end up in our food chain.
With organic farming, chemical fertilizers are prohibited and pesticides are severely restricted—organic farmers develop healthy, fertile soils by ensuring their nutrient-rich quality that grows strong and healthy crops.
Hidden Cost #2: Our Health
Pesticide exposure may contribute to the development of health issues including neurotoxicity, reproductive outcomes, cancers, dermatologic effects, and respiratory problems like asthma.
Unfortunately, much of our food contains pesticide residues, and eating organic foodis one way to avoid exposure to pesticides.
Hidden Cost #3: Climate Change
Deforestation for farming, the release of methane gas from livestock and the use of fertilizers that contain nitrogen are all ways agriculture contributes to rising greenhouse emissions.
Deforestation for farming, the release of methane gas from livestock and the use of fertilizers that contain nitrogen are all ways agriculture contributes to rising greenhouse emissions
Even though organic food may cost more, eating non-organic food has many hidden costs. Our food choices impact the environment, our health, animal welfare, and climate change—and organic food offers a clean, safe, and healthy option. The choice is clear!