When people hear the term “Living an Organic Lifestyle”, the first thing that comes to mind is organic food. While organic food is a very important part of the organic lifestyle, there are many more components to living an organic lifestyle.
Changing to an organic lifestyle can actually be very daunting, and at times seem damn near impossible.
With all the different organic products available such as cleaning products, clothing, essential oils and vitamins, cosmetic products, seeds and gardening supplies, organic restaurants, textiles and fibers, pet food and pet products, organic food still remains the #1 reason most people change to living an organic lifestyle.
Walk in to any grocery store and you will see a much larger increase in shelf space dedicated to organics. The demand for organic food is on the rise, and in 2014 that demand registered a whopping $35.9 billion in total sales.
If you study trends in the stock market, Marketwatch posted a study by Hexa Research in 2018 and Hexa has estimated the organic industry will reach $70.4 billion by 2025 as the increase for organic food continues to rise.
Organic agriculture intends to preserve natural resources, animal health and warfare, and avoid toxic and synthetic materials.
It’s not just some rubber stamp or organic certified label, it’s a Philosophy.
The USDA regulates the organic industry with extremely strict standards. The soils are tested and must be free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Crops cannot be genetically modified and animals on organic farms cannot receive any antibiotics or growth hormones. All animals must be allowed to roam freely and fed only organically grown feed.
Once all of these boxes are checked the USDA certifies the crops, animal products, and processed foods that meet the 95% organic standard and then the products will carry the “USDA Certified Organic” seal.
There are an infinite number of reasons you should change to an organic lifestyle and obviously for this post, we’re not going to list them all here. So we came up with what we call the Core 5 benefits to living an organic lifestyle.
- Decrease in Health Risk
- Promotes Zero Waste
- Supports Local Farmers
- Preserves Nature
- Decreases Environmental Concerns
Not to mention, Organic Food Just Taste so Much Better!
Decrease in Health Risk
Organic food consumption is the #1 reason people switch to a organic lifestyle and it’s really the best place to start your transformation.
For instance, scientists found that glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide in agriculture, can lead to various diseases such as reproductive problems, cancer, and damaged DNA. So by eating organically grown food you reduce the amounts of toxins in your body and lower your chances of health risks.
Food should be good for you. But there are over 10,000 additives allowed in food. The EWG (environment working group) publishes a list every year that they call the “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives”. This list tells you the Top 12 worst additives used in food and what foods contain them.
The EWG is a very resourceful site and a great place to start looking up your organic food in their Food Score Database.
Promotes Zero Waste
Zero waste agriculture is a sustainable practice which optimizes use of the five natural kingdoms.
This organic agriculture is optimally practiced in small sized family owned and managed farms and presents a balance of economically, socially and ecological benefits as it:
- optimizes food production in an ecological and sounds manner
- reduces water consumption through recycling
- provides energy security by extracting bio-diesel from micro-algae
- provides climate change relief by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- reduces the use of pesticides through bio-diverse farming
Promotes Your Local Organic Farms
There is a little bit of an overlap in supporting your local farms and zero waste farming but we thought it was worth adding.
Local organic farmers have a very difficult time making ends meet sometimes and when you help someone in your own community, feed their own family, it just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
As I write this post we are in a worldwide pandemic trying to keep Covide-19 from spreading further around the world.
When the dust clears and we all are able to return to a normal functioning society, supporting your local economy by sourcing your food from local organic farmers, farm to table organic restaurants and others will make a huge difference and your community will reap the benefits.
Organic farming preserves nature simply by following the USDA guidelines that any product must meet to carry the label “Certified Organic”. But that’s not the only thing that organic farming contributes to preserving nature.
Here’s a List:
- Reduced Exposure to Pesticides and Chemicals
- Organic farming builds Healthy soil
- Combats Erosion
- Water Conservation and Water Health
- Encourages Biodiversity
Decreases Environmental Concerns
Protecting Mother Earth is absolutely vital to our existence.
If only 10,000 medium sized farms in the U.S. converted to organic production, they would store so much carbon in the soil that it would be equivalent to taking 1,174,400 cars off the road, or reducing car miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Organic farming takes a medium and long term approach to protecting the environment. It aims to produce food while establishing an ecological balance to prevent soil fertility or pest problems.
Organic agriculture takes a proactive approach as opposed to treating problems after they emerge.