Certified organic lettuce mix growing in the fields at Rolling Hills Organics
o Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of , vitamins and , health-promoting , cancer-fighting , that help ward off heart disease, , and .
o On average, organic is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than products derived from industrial agriculture. Since on the average, organic food
shelf price is only 20% higher than chemical food, this makes it actually
cheaper, gram for gram, than chemical food, even ignoring the astronomical
hidden costs (damage to health, climate, environment, and government subsidies)
of industrial food production.
o Levels of antioxidants in milk from organic cattle are between 50% and 80% higher than normal milk. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have between 20% and 40% more nutrients than non-organic foods.
o Organic food contains qualitatively higher levels of essential minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium), that are severely depleted in chemical foods grown on pesticide and nitrate fertilizer-abused soil.
government statistics indicate that levels of trace minerals in (non-organic)
fruit and vegetables fell by up to 76% between 1940 and 1991. US
Organic Food is Pure Food, Free of Chemical Additives
o Organic food doesn
contain , flavor enhancers (like ), artificial sweeteners (like and ), contaminants (like ) or preservatives (like ), that can cause health problems.
Organic Food Is Safer
o Organic food doesn
More than 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming
and remain on non-organic food even
after washing. are
especially vulnerable to pesticide exposure. One class of pesticides, , may be responsible for early puberty and
breast cancer. Pesticides are linked to .
o Organic food isn
Under organic standards, genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are
o Organic animals aren
given drugs. Organic farming standards prohibit the use of , and
genetically modified vaccines in farm animals. and dairy consumption
is correlated with increased rates of breast, testis and prostate cancers.
o Organic food contains less illness-inducing bacteria. is free of salmonella and has a reduced incidence of campylobacter.Organic dairy has environmental benefits: