Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored U.S. production system.
Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic offers government-backed assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics, and synthetic growth hormones. Additionally, organic requires rigorous third-party inspections of organic operations to ensure that products bearing the USDA Organic label are grown and processed in a transparent manner you and your family can trust.
Organic products support good health.
Mounting evidence, including a ground-breaking report from the President’s Cancer Panel, shows that consuming organic foods is a great way to reduce exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides. A growing body of research also shows that organic foods are rich in nutrients, such as iron, magnesium, and vitamin C, which are critical to maintaining good health.
Organic farmers build healthy soils and help to combat climate change.
Organic agriculture builds healthy soil using compost, crop rotation, and other natural tools instead of relying on petroleum-based synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that deplete the soil of valuable nutrients. In the process, organic agriculture absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, helping to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change.
Organic agriculture helps to keep our oceans, lakes, rivers and water supplies clean.
Organic producers use composted manure, crop rotation, and other natural materials to help improve soil fertility, rather than petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers that can lead to an overabundance of nitrogen and phosphorous in the ground. As a result, organic practices help protect ground water supplies and avoid runoff of chemicals that can cause “dead zones” in larger bodies of water.
Organic has something for everyone.
Including everything from soap to clothing, organic is more than just food. That means that whether you are in search of facial cream or food for your pet, you can find organic products that meet the needs of everyone in your household.
Organic agriculture supports biodiversity.
Organic producers understand and respect the importance of a healthy, balanced ecosystem. That is why they use practices to preserve and protect natural habitats and ensure the short and long-term well-being of the Earth’s inhabitants.
Organic farmers see animal health and welfare as a top priority.
By law, organic farmers must provide their animals with access to the outdoors and pasture, quality organic feed, and safe, clean living conditions. Organic farmers are also required to raise animals without the use of antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. The result: healthy, happy animals that are encouraged to exhibit the behaviors nature intended.
Organic offers a choice in the marketplace.
U.S. national organic standards and industry practices do not allow the use of genetic engineering, irradiation, or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in the production and processing of organic products, As a result, organic agriculture gives consumers who wish to avoid these substances the choice to do so.
Buying organic is easier and more affordable than ever before.
Thanks to the growth of farmers’ markets, CSAs, private label products, coupons, and customer loyalty programs, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy your favorite organic products. Whether you seek food, clothing, personal care products, or items for your home, you can find an organic version on store shelves across the country. In many cases, the price of organic is comparable to that of non-organic, making the decision to “go organic” simple and cost-effective.
Organic reflects the true cost of food production.
When you buy organic products, you are paying the true cost of the food. By contrast, when you buy non-organic products, there are hidden costs for which we all will pay indirectly—called agricultural “externalities.” These include damage to water sources, soil resources, wildlife and ecosystem biodiversity, and human health from such things as exposure to pesticides. When you add this to the many personal health and environmental benefits organic has to offer, it becomes clear that organic is the better bargain.