At Sonoma Organics, we believe in the beauty and good common sense of organic agriculture. Our commitment to organic farming and production methods is a corner stone of our company. Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics or fertilizers, they do not contain genetically modified organisms, they are not irradiated and organic farming methods result in highly nutritious, delicious foods.
One of the tenets of organic farming is land stewardship which takes into account the health of the soil and the relationship to the surrounding natural habitat. Organic farmers work with nature to replenish the soil for a sustainable future.
Ten Good Reasons to Go Organic
- 1.Protect Future Generations: The average child receives 4 times more exposure than an adult to at least 8 widely used cancer-causing pesticides in foods. The food choices you make now will impact your child’s health in the future.
- 2.Prevent Soil Erosion: Soil is the foundation of the food chain in organic farming. In conventional farming the soil is used more as a medium for holding plants in a vertical position so they can be chemically fertilized. As a result, American farms are suffering from the worst soil erosion in history.
- 3. Protect Water Quality: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates pesticides – some cancer causing – contaminate the groundwater in 38 states, polluting the primary source of drinking water for more than half the country’s population.
- 4. Save Energy Modern farming uses more petroleum than any other single industry, consuming 12 percent of the country’s total energy supply. More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to fill, cultivate and harvest all the crops in the U.S. Organic farming is mainly based on labor-intensive practices such as weeding by hand and using green manures and crop covers rather than synthetic fertilizers to build up soil.
- 5. Keep Chemicals Off Your Plate: EPA considers that 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides are carcinogenic. Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms, and can also be harmful to humans. In addition to cancer, pesticides are implicated in birth defects, nerve damage and genetic mutation.
- 6. Protect Farm Worker Health: A National Cancer Institute study found that farmers exposed to herbicides had a 6 times greater risk than non-farmers of contracting cancer. Field workers suffer the highest rates of occupational illness in California.
- 7. Help Small Farmers: It’s estimated that the United States has lost more than 650,000 family farms in the past decade. And with the USDA predicting that half of this country’s farm production will come from 1% of farms by the year 2000, organic farming could be one of the few survival tactics left for the family farms.
- 8. Support A True Economy: Although organic foods might seem more expensive than conventional foods, conventional food prices do not reflect hidden costs borne by the taxpayers including nearly $74 billion in federal subsidies in 1988. Other hidden costs include pesticide regulation and testing, hazardous waste disposal and clean-up, and environmental damage.
- 9. Promote Biodiversity: Mono-cropping is the practice of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year. The lack of natural planting diversity has left the soil lacking in natural minerals and nutrients. Single crops are much more susceptible to pests, making farmers more reliant on pesticides while some insects have become genetically resistant to certain pesticides.
- 10. Taste: Better Flavor: There is a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes, they taste better. Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately, our bodies.