The Health Benefits of Switching to Organic Produce
Organic refers to how agricultural produce is grown. Essentially, it means without the use of the most synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Many people purchase organic produce as they believe that it is better for the environment, but buying organic also benefits you. In this post, we look at the health benefits of switching to organic produce.
While the National Organic Standard Board does allow some synthetic substances to be used during the growing process, compared with its non-organic counterparts, organic produce is exposed to fewer chemicals. These chemicals have been deemed safe by health experts, but research has proven that there is potential harm if people are repeatedly exposed to them. Such chemicals are linked to developmental delays in infants and ADHD.
Additionally, organically grown produce, including bananas, are 48% less likely to test positive for cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that accumulates in the liver and kidneys.
Non-organic bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides, which is bad for the end consumer. The farm workers are also affected as they are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure.
Better for the environment, better for you
Ultimately, organic foods are better for you. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content, with organic foods consistently rating higher. But organic is not only better for your health, it’s also better for the planet. Fertilizers and pesticides make their way into the soil and water and eventually the ocean. These contaminants in our waterways are leading to ocean dead zones and blue-green algae blooms. This can be fatal to both marine animals and humans.
At Coliman Allfresch, we are committed to organic, sustainable farming. It is at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with organisations and government entities to bring us closer to those who our work impacts upon the most. We have also formed strategic alliances with our main suppliers to strengthen our supply chain.