The Benefits

It’s delicious: To many people, organic food just tastes better. Studies suggest that this may be due to a slightly higher antioxidant level, which increases flavour. In addition, some studies suggest that nutrition and flavour are greater in organic food since chemical nitrogen fertilizers are not used to increase plant growth rates. Studies of organic consumers often find that taste is one of the key reasons they prefer organic food. 

"Studies of organic consumers often find that taste is one of the key reasons they prefer organic food."

It’s nutritious: Organic food is often referred to as “nutrient dense”. Studies suggest that organic produce may have higher levels of healthy anti-oxidants. Organic milk is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids. It’s also about what organic products don’t have; organic products consistently have lower pesticide levels than non-organic products, lower levels of contamination by genetically modified organisms, and lower levels of antibiotic resistant microbes. 

It’s sustainable: The creation of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is the single largest energy use in agriculture. By using ecological approaches to soil fertility, organic producers avoid this energy expenditure, reducing the greenhouse gas attributable to their operations. 

Meat you can feel good about: Animal welfare is important on organic farms. Livestock practices include outdoor access, adequate space, appropriate organic feed, and the opportunity for livestock to socialize and express their true natures.

SOURCE: Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC)
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