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What is organic production

Better for Your Health

By definition, organic products are free from pesticides, herbicides, and other potentially harmful substances that can damage your health. The toxic fertilizers and pesticides have become a routine part of modern conventional farming. Exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from pesticides has been linked to cancer, immune system suppression, nervous system disorders, reproductive damage, and hormone disruption. Many products that are made from conventionally grown crops show pesticide and herbicide residues.

In addition more and more data negative and potentially life threatening side effects on the synthetic preservatives is available. Pare used to keep food from spoiling. The majority of preservatives used today are artificial rather than naturally made. Because of the possible side effects of some artificial preservatives, it is wise to choose those foods, which only contain natural preservatives. Any organic food with a preserving agent uses a natural preservative, there by decreasing the level of synthetic chemicals that are entering the body.

Our bodies can get rid of a certain number of toxins that we come in contact with; in fact, our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins. However, the problem we are facing today is that we have many more exposures to chemical toxins than, say 50 years ago. These chemicals come from our food, air, water, body care and cleaning products, home remodeling products and more. Many of us are consequently facing a toxic overload, and our bodies therefore cannot get rid of all the toxins we are taking in.

Babies and children tend to be more vulnerable because their immune systems are immature and they eat more food per kilogram of body weight than do adults. Those with chronic illness or whose bodies are weakened for any reason are also more at risk. In addition, farm workers are at risk for illnesses caused by pesticide exposure.

Using organic products will help to lessen this toxic load. Organic foods also tend to taste better and contain more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown food. Some organic products are still difficult to find, and a stretch for many of our budgets. However, any switch we can make to organic will be helpful. You don't have to start buying everything organic overnight, in fact, you would probably find that impossible. However, as there is more demand for organic products, the selection will increase and prices will probably decrease.

Better for Our Environment.

Conventional farming practices have caused many problems in our environment. In many cases, pesticides applied to fields have led to major ecosystem imbalances that resulted in failed crops. Minor pests can turn into major pests when pesticides eliminate the beneficial insects that keep these pests in check. Drinking supplies get polluted.

Organic agriculture provides an alternative to the destructive environmental consequences of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used by conventional farmers. Animals eat plants that have been sprayed and store the chemicals in their tissues until these animals are consumed by other animals who acquire an even greater concentration of poisons. Organic agriculture uses pest control methods that foster a healthy ecosystem, such as introducing beneficial insects or choosing companion plants that attract natural predators. These strategies benefit the environment by creating balance and promoting species diversity.

In conclusion, eating, drinking and using organic products on a more frequent basis, will make all of us healthier. This is especially true for babies, children and those with compromised immune systems. Increasing our consumption of organic products will also have a positive impact on the environment, and the more demand for organic goods, the better the selection and the lower the cost.

Better for Our Economy.

The modern organic agriculture movement started with innovative, small-scale farmers interested in creating an alternative to the trend of industrialization that characterized farming during the twentieth century. Developing countries agricultural systems as we have in Macedonia, which are based on small farmers could not compete with the factory farming practiced by developed agricultural systems both price and quantity vise. In addition the modern agriculture today has evolved in a hi-tech industry involving genetic manipulation use of chemicals, which produce expensive and tasteless plastic like food. Developing countries do not have this modern technology, and in a struggle to compete on the world market are becoming more and more dependent on the expensive technology they need to import in order to produce agricultural products. The health and environmental consequences of factory farming are considerable, which on the end produces additional financial damage for national economies. Organic agriculture allows small-scale farms to be more competitive by striving for quality rather than quantity. According to a research conducted by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), small farmers in developing countries can benefit drastically from organic farming and will help in alleviating poverty in these countries. Organic farming is being groomed to end modern farmers' struggles resulting to various debts and farming land mortgages.