1. Get The Nutrition You Need and Enjoy Tastier Food!
Many studies have shown that organically grown food has
more minerals and nutrients that we need than food grown
with synthetic pesticides. Theres a good reason why
many chefs use organic foods in their recipesthey
Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil,
which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and,
ultimately our bodies.
2. Save Money
Growing your own food can help cut the cost of the grocery
bill. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars and month
at the grocery store on foods that dont really nourish
you, spend time in the garden, outside, exercising, learning
to grow your own food.
3. Protect Future Generations
The average child receives four times more exposure than
an adult to at least eight widely used cancer-causing pesticides
in food. Food choices you make now will impact your childs
We have not inherited the Earth from our fathers,
we are borrowing it from our children.
4. Prevent Soil Erosion
Soil in developed nations is eroded several times faster
than its built up naturally. Soil is the foundation
of the food chain in organic farming. However, in conventional
farming, the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants
in a vertical position so they can be chemically fertilized.
As a result, many farms worldwide are suffering from the
worst soil erosion in history.
5. Protect Water Quality
Water makes up two-thirds of our body mass and covers three-fourths
of the planet. Pesticides - some cancer causing - contaminate
the groundwater an can pollute the primary source of drinking
6. Save Energy
Modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single
industry, consuming a significant percentage total energy
supply. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers
than to till, cultivate and harvest crops. If you are growing
your own food in the city, you are cutting down on transportation
7. Keep Chemicals Off Your Plate
In the United States, many pesticides approved for use by
Protection Agency (EPA) were registered long before
extensive research linking these chemicals to cancer and
other diseases had been established. Now the EPA considers
60 percent of all herbicides, 90 percent of all fungicides
and 30 percent of all insecticides carcinogenic. A 1987
National Academy of Sciences report estimated that pesticides
might cause an extra 4 million cancer cases among Americans.
If you are growing your own food, you have control over
what does, or doesnt, go into it. The bottom line
is that pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms
and can also harm humans. In addition to cancer, pesticides
are implicated in birth defects, nerve damage and genetic
8. Protect Workers and Help Small Farmers
A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed
to herbicides had six times more risk than non-farmers of
contracting cancer. In California, reported pesticide poisonings
among farm workers have risen an average of 14 percent a
year since 1973 and doubled between 1975 and 1985. Field
workers suffer the highest rates of occupational illness
in the state. Farm worker health is also a serious problem
in developing nations, where pesticide use can be poorly
regulated. An estimated 1 million people are poisoned annually
Although more and more large-scale farms are making the
conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are
small, independently owned family farms of fewer than 100
acres. Its estimated the United States has lost more
than 650,000 family farms in the past decade. And the U.S.
Department of Agriculture predicted that half of this countrys
farm production will come from 1 percent of farms by the
year 2000, organic farming could be one of the few survival
tactics left for family farms.
9. Promote Biodiversity
Mono-cropping is the practice of planting large plots of
land with the same crop year after year. While this approach
tripled farm production between 1950 and 1970, the lack
of natural diversity of plant life has left the soil lacking
in natural minerals and nutrients. To replace the nutrients,
chemical fertilizers are used, often in increasing amounts.
Single crops are also much more susceptible to pests, making
farmers more reliant on pesticides. Despite a tenfold increase
in the use of pesticides between 1947 and 1974, crop losses
due to insects have doubledpartly because some insects
have become genetically resistant to certain pesticides.
10. Help Beautify Your Community
Besides being used to grow food, community gardens are also
a great way to beautify a community, and to bring pride