From an environmental perspective this work demonstrates the fact that the growth of this movement has been reinvigorated as a result of the fact that many have come to understand how dangerous many of the chemicals used in commercial agriculture are to the earth and the body. “The last few years have seen the issues of BSE, genetically modified foods, hormone disruption and antibiotic resistance come to the fore and there is a greater recognition that what we eat is vitally important to our health.” She notes that many of the pesticides and herbicides we have used in the past have been a destructive force and are no longer even considered safe, but were deemed so prior to the modern research that has more scientifically established their unwanted and pollutant effects on both the body and earth.
Organic Food Benefits. Nutiva. Organic Food Association. 2003. http://www.nutiva.com/nutrition/organic.php.
This informative article demonstrates a list of the top ten reasons why we should eat and grow organic foods, in a sustainable manner. 1.Organic foods meet stringent standards. 2. Organic food tastes great. 3. Organic production reduces health risks. 4. Organic farms respect water sources. 5. Organic farmers build soil. 6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature. 7. Organic Producers are leaders in innovative research. 8. Organic producers strive to preserve biodiversity. 9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy. 10. Organic abundance “now every food category has an organic alternative.”
Organic Is Healthier.” The Daily Mail (London, England) 29 Oct. 2007: 24.
A newspaper article from London UK detailing new scientific studies that prove that organic foods, tested in comparison to those grown by non-organic means are clearly higher in vitamins and minerals and therefore much more likely to help and individual to ward of heart disease, cancer and other modern illnesses.
Uhland, Vicky. “Up Close & Personal.” Better Nutrition. October 2003, Vol. 65 Issue 10, p 52.
Uhland discusses the utilization of not only food products produced organically but also personal care products, which also leech into our skin, earth and water supplies and should be as important as the food we eat.
Weed, Susun. “Organic”: Is it Healthier? Soybeans Pollute, Tofu Causes Dementia, Capsuled Herbs Are Poisonous.” Whole Earth Spring 2002: 12.
Weeds extensive article demonstrates that organic food growing is much more likely than other types of agriculture to take biodynamic consideration of soil and the need for retaining minerals and other helpful chemicals in the soil in which we grow food. If this is not paid attention to then organic and non-organic foods are both equally at risk of creating health problems.
Whole Foods Magazine. Whole Foods Natural Foods Guide: What Happens to Natural Food Products from Farmer to Consumer. Berkeley, California: and/or Press, 1979.
This work is an old standard, outlining the manner in which whole foods and natural foods meet consumer needs. This work is expansive and even includes recipes with handy shopping guides as well as demonstrative reasons why organic food growth is better for the body, the environment and communities..