Organic is a bit like sport. We know full well that it’s healthy, and that it only wants us good, but we’re a little reluctant.
However, just like sport, organic has many well-being and health benefits that should not be neglected.
The problem is that we always find a little excuse, more or less true, more or less in good faith, not to do it. But if instead of looking for more or less valid reasons for not eating organic, we tried to look at things from another angle. Like for example : the benefits that organic can bring us. And beware, when we talk about the benefits it can bring us, it is a big Us. Because organic is good for us, but also for our children, for local agriculture, for the environment, for the planet …
For the taste
And yes, let’s start from the beginning : the best reason to eat organic is undoubtedly the taste of organically grown products. Unlike fruits and vegetables that are grown industrially, organic fruits and vegetables grow at their own pace, on rich soil. They may take a little longer to harvest than industrial fruits and vegetables, but they are also tastier, have better nutritional density and are richer in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber. They are better what, so yum !
To preserve biodiversity
Preserving biodiversity is more than a concept : it is a necessity for us and the planet ! However, organic farming is a cultivation method which respects and promotes biodiversity. By paying attention to the biological life of the soil during cultivation, by not trying to eliminate insects (butterflies, bees, etc. ) and by refusing synthetic pesticides, by opting for cropping systems that preserve certain varieties of plants. ..
To make sure I know what’s on my plate
Consuming fruits, vegetables or even meat stamped organic is also making the choice of food security. And yes : for a product to be able to display the ” organic ” mention , it must meet a certain number of conditions, and it will be subject to numerous controls throughout its ” life “. No questions for producers to trick : organic products , they are organic, full stop. We can therefore consume them with closed eyes, without fear of hidden vice !
For my health
Who says industrial agriculture often says pesticides, additives, preservatives, etc. Products (especially for pesticides) present in extremely small quantities, of course … But if you eat an orange every day that contains a tiny dose of pesticides, in the long term the risks are real. In addition, some studies have shown that products from organic farming are richer in nutrients than those from industrial agriculture. Eating organic is better for the taste, but also for your health !
For the environment
Industrial agriculture uses fertilizers, slurry, pesticides … which it releases into nature, and which are found in waterways and groundwater. To stop polluting the soil in this way, organic farming has decided to stop using pesticides and fungicides which damage the soil, as well as chemical nitrogen fertilizers which pollute not only the water but also the air (emission greenhouse gases). The soils are preserved, but not only : all the species that live in the soils too !
For the price / quality ratio
Well, we’re not going to lie to each other : a fillet of organic lemons necessarily costs a little more than a classic fillet of lemons. Normal : the specifications for organic products are more demanding than those for industrial products ; producing organic costs a little more, so organic products are necessarily sold more expensive. But hey : if we take into account the fact that organic products are more nutritious , more qualitative, we realize that they actually offer a much better quality / price ratio than industrial products. And consuming treated products, with additives and pesticides, it may cost less on the receipt, but in terms of health the bill can turn out to be salty …
For a social and solidarity economy
Often when we think of organic farming, we think of an agriculture that preserves nature, animals and the planet. In short, ecological notions. But eating organic is not just about buying products that meet certain ecological criteria ; organic also implies economic objectives, and eating organic means choosing to consume in favor of a more social and united economy. Such as, for example, favoring small producers and small businesses rather than large groups, opting for lasting partnerships, respecting equity between all the players in the production chain … Fair trade, quite simply.
For sustainable agriculture
Eating organic is good for us, but it’s also good for all the people upstream, at the origin of the production of organic products. People who do everything they can to establish sustainable agriculture ; an agriculture that does not pollute water or air, and preserves biodiversity, agriculture can create jobs (bio requires more labor to work ), an agriculture that promotes the well-being and health rather than profit. Sustainable agriculture is also that which will boost the local economy, of proximity, where the producer and the consumer can meet, exchange .
For better treated animals
Organic farming is not just about fruits or vegetables ! We often forget that it is possible to eat organic meat … maybe because we equate “ organic ” and “ vegetarian ”. In short. If we like to eat meat but love animals a lot, why not eat organic meat ? Animals are more respected and better treated in organic farms . We don’t give them growth hormones or whatever to make them grow, we let them grow at their own pace. They are raised with access to the open air, and only eat organic !
For a more generous diet
Organic farming often cultivates varieties of old fruits and vegetables that it tries to bring up to date. A godsend, because these forgotten vegetables (swede, parsnip, patisson, butternut …), in addition to being a culinary discovery, are also richer in vitamins than those produced by traditional producers. The same goes for organic meat and milk, whose omega 3 content is significantly higher than that found in milk and meat from the supermarket.