Why should we choose organic food?

«Decanting for organic food is not a fad. There are many different reasons why it is fundamental that people change their lifestyle and opt for organic and really healthy food. »

Environmental Health and Climate Change

According to Cornell’s Department of Entomology, only 0.1% of applied pesticides achieve their goal. The other 99% only produces a negative and degenerative environmental impact. Waterways and farmland are contaminated by chemical runoff from farms and one of the biggest environmental disasters is the loss of soil quality. The industrial model of monoculture depletes the land and up to 50% of greenhouse gas emissions are created by the global industrial system of chemically produced foodstuffs, which continue to exacerbate the climate crisis.

Safe water

Safe water Scientists warn that the more chemicals that are applied, the greater the challenge for preserving water quality. Chemically dependent agriculture and waste from the traditional food industry pollute the waters of rivers, seas and oceans. This can be avoided by growing organic food.

Health Risks

The use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers poses direct risks to the health of farmers and agricultural and consumer workers. Several studies have shown that some herbicides and pesticides stimulate the growth of cancer cells, cause fetal malformations, aggravate ailments and a long etc .; By opting for organic food people reduce the risk of contracting a large number of diseases.

Biodiversity

Wildlife, from microorganisms to the largest mammals, plays their own role in every ecosystem. The decline of birds, bees and other pollinators has been linked to the application of synthetic pesticides used by conventional farmers. Farms that produce organic food hold about 30% more wildlife species than conventional farms. Researchers at the University of Oxford, Sweden and Switzerland, after a thorough study, concluded that almost 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops was lost in the last century.

Avoiding Transgenics

This type of genetically modified foods in laboratories have several problems, among them it emphasizes that: it is not always known that they are ingested (indirectly they are in many foods and not noticed in the labels of their presence), not Know their long-term health effects, require specific herbicides (such as glyphosate, which the WHO says is a «likely carcinogen») and affects biodiversity.

Ensuring food security

Current and future generations can only survive if water, air, soil and biodiversity are preserved. The current system is not sustainable, especially as people continue to consume traditional products rather than opt for organic food without being aware of the catastrophic consequences of their choice.


										  

Autor entrada: Francisco Camacho