What Are the Benefits?
What are the benefits of organic foods? Going organic has its advantages, which is why many people are willing to pay a higher price for certified food products. Organic gardening provides more nutrients for the soil through natural fertilizers, so fruits, vegetables and grains are themselves healthy, while also providing more nutrients and antioxidants for those who consume them. According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a study in 2001 found greater concentrations of every vitamin and mineral researched. At the First World Congress on Organic Food, held in 2004, it was reported that researchers had found less pesticide residues, and higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in organic foods.
Without the use of any synthetic chemicals, there isn't the concern about pesticides, growth hormones or other artificial substances. This is the case for the consumer, but also for the environment. Organic farmers do not add toxins and chemicals into the earth, water, or air, and in fact they often have to work to purify their soil from the previous use of chemicals. To be certified, organic farmers also use eco-friendly farming methods, such as reusing organic materials for compost, and conserving water.
With all the efforts to ensure that organic produce and livestock are in their most natural state there is one more benefit. The foods taste better. An organic tomato is rich, juicy, and sweet, instead of watery and bland. Organically grown fruits and vegetables are full of flavor, meats are more intense, and grains are heartier. This is one of the advantages to going organic that keeps consumers coming back to the organic market, when the food is affordable.