Why Organically Grown?

What Is Organic Farming?

Farming organically involves ecologically based practices that abstain from the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, whose toxins and residues can pollute food and farm runoff. They also aim to maintain and replenish soil fertility, and improve biodiversity to disrupt habitat for pest organisms.

Why Does it Cost More?

  • Intensive management and labor for organic farmers is substituted for synthetic chemicals
  • Organic fertilizer is more expensive than chemical alternatives
  • The risk of losing entire crops to pests increases when they are not combated with pesticides
  • The production of organic foods must follow stricter regulations for growing, harvesting, transporting, packaging, and storing produce than conventional, non-organic foods

Why Buy Organically Grown Foods?

  • Organically grown foods are safer, as they are less likely to contain pesticide residues (only 13% chance vs. 71% chance in non-organic).1
  • Several studies have found organically produced foods to be more nutritious.2
  • Locally grown organic foods are fresher and help stimulate the local economy.
  • Purchasing organically grown foods helps to reduce fossil fuel consumption and the pollution that results from burning fossil fuels.
  • To support farming techniques that nurture and sustain the environment.

1 Baker, BP, CM Benbrook, E Groth III, and KL Benbrook. 2002. Pesticide residues in conventional, IPM-grown and organic foods: Insights from three U.S. data sets. Food Additives and Contaminants 19: 427-446.

2 Kanofsky, Dorrie L. The case for organic produce. Daytona Beach News-Journal – Daytona, FL, USA. March 19, 2005.