You know what you eat.
Pesticides and other chemicals have always been cause for concern over our health. Research tests on their safety is based on adults' tolerance levels, so children are especially at risk. organic certification means you are not taking experimental GM crops or other hastily marketed scientific products. Organic produce is grown by the farmer according to this definition of good produce, not what a marketing department has defined to sell to large retailers.
This means that organic tastes better and is more nutritious!
Healthier lifestyle, from sowing to the table.
Farming the organic way means the farmer is no longer exposed to dangerous chemicals everyday. In India, there have already been several cases of poisoned farmers. In our ranks, we can name a few that recognized the need to go organic to recover their health.
Organic and traditional seeds do not suffer from expensive royalties and organic fertilizers can be obtained cheaply or produced in the ecosystem the farmer creates. Also, growing the organic way does not require expensive irrigation systems or other such investments. Thus, the whole agricultural process becomes much more financially attractive.
On a long-term perspective, the farmer becomes more and more empowered. As he learns how to make his organic land a profitable ecosystem, he is effectively a researcher, finding complementarities between different crops and the environment.
Not only does this foster diversity (and thus resistance not only to economical market's but also Nature's whims) but also makes sure that the soil remains arable across generations and is not dependent on mono-cultures of commercial crops.
Buying organic is building an economy worth developing.
When organic farmers have a market that gives them a fair price, this enables more and more farmers to join the organic way and deliver quality produce to everyone.
This means small and marginal farmers become part of the chain and also low-budget families get access to a healthy lifestyle.
Buying organic is de-industrializing the food sector. By redistributing the profit now raked by big corporate groups, this will increase equity, especially beyond urban centers, creating rural jobs worth having.
Buying organic is allowing for biodiversity. This biodiversity is part of our roots, as modern agriculture makes us have less choice in traditional crops than our grandparents, who grew everything in their backyards. Also, biodiversity is safeguarding our future. With all the recent outcries for food safety and past famines caused by diseases in mono-cultures, biodiversity in agriculture means we naturally develop different varieties to resist Nature's strikes.
Chemicals and pesticides are responsible for air, water and soil pollution.
Tons of topsoil is lost every year due to extensive use of aggressive agricultural practices. Agricultural waste permeating through the soil layers also affects water sources, being estimated that in some regions, this reduces 50% of the available drinking water.
Organic practices depend on healthy ecosystems to be productive, so it builds instead of destroying ; including forage crops, retaining fence-rows, wetlands and natural areas, encouraging wild life.
Fertilizers and pesticides are short-term solutions to the problem of food security. As soil becomes barren from over-utilization of chemicals, pests and diseases become more and more resistant to human-developed solutions, more and more expensive solutions are needed. Organic breaks this vicious cycle.
Often forgotten, industrial animal breeding has led to monstrous situations. Animals are genetically modified, doomed to live sometimes without ever seeing the Sun or being able to move and other such examples. If we can't be sure of what we eat, how can we be sure of what these animals eat?
Organic ecosystems give you back that assurance, and dignity to animal life.