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Going organic

Healthier You. Healthier Environment. Go Organic.
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Steven Heckenluber

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Going organic

GO ORGANIC Healthier You. Healthier Environment. Nutrients Fertility Health Stronger Immune System Studies insist that organically grown foods contain more nutrients than conventionally grown foods Foods grown using pesticides have been shown to diminish the strength of your immune system. Pesticides used in conventionally grown Hormones New studies show that some agricultural chemicals used in conventionally grown foods can affect an individuals hormones and, in turn, affect such things as weight. foods are said to lower fertility rates. Impact on wildlife Toxic chemicals used in conventional growing has negatively effected the species exposed to these chemicals. Water Quality The combination of runoff and the use of chemicals in agriculture has jeopardized the quality of water around the globe. "Fertilizer run-off has contributed to an 8,000 square mile "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that has killed tons of fish through oxygen deprivation."
Impact on Livestock Conventional means of raising livestock often deprive animals of adequate living conditions and nutrients. Unnatural indoor conditions compromises their immune systems, leading to increased use of antibiotics and vaccines. Due to an accelerated growth program, Many birds die because their heart and lungs cannot support this rate of growth. Conserve Resources Transporting food long distances uses tremendous energy "It takes 435 fossil-fuel calories to fly a 5 calorie strawberry from California to New York.” - CENYC Biodiversity Greenmarket farmers grow thousands of varieties of fruits and vegetables ...Industrial agribusiness cultivates high-yield hybrids bred for fast maturation and thick skins to withstand mechanical harvest and transport. Meanwhile... For those of you who purchase and consume conventionally raised foods, after learning about the benefits going organic has to, both, yourself and the environment would you switch to an all organic lifestyle? For those of you who have made the switch to an organic lifestyle, do you feel the change has benefited you for the better? If so, how? Are there any disadvantages to going organic? Furthermore, with these disadvantages is there anything that can be done to make the 'organic lifestyle' more appealing?
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