The Benefits Of Organic Products
Why is the public crying out for organic products? They are willing to pay more for them, so there has to be a good reason, especially in a poor economy. Reasons for switching are compelling and make good environment sense.
Parents are especially concerned about what they feed their children. As information is more easily disseminated and accessed via internet, the public is increasingly aware of the possible side effects of consuming items sprayed with chemicals.
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Certain ones have been linked to birth defects, cancer, learning disabilities: you name a disorder and someone will suggest it is caused by chemicals in food. While some of these claims are still unfounded from a scientific point of view, many others are backed up by extensive research. Pesticides are especially problematic, to the point that they are illegal in many places.
As for the earth and its health, when you buy organic goods you are making a statement. You are saying that farmers should not spray their crops or feed antibiotics to their cows and lambs.
If you are willing to pay more, then they are willing to plant/raise foods which are healthier for the public to consume. Also, they will be doing their land more good than harm. Chemicals which kill pests also interfere with the ecological system so that certain other natural events are inhibited.
By coming up with innovative ways to attract beneficial animals and insects onto their property, farmers are able to eliminate the use of pesticides and other chemicals while producing the goods. It is not easy or cheap: in fact, this method of farming is very time consuming. It does, however, reap benefits.
In fact, many consumers will argue that naturally raised foods taste better when they are organic.
There are various ways for chemicals to get into a person’s body. They might arrive via the food she eats (ingestion). They could be inhaled. Some molecules will invade the body via the skin.
Since so many cosmetics and skin care items are made from natural ingredients, it is important that those ingredients are not laden with chemicals. These will cause irritation in the skin, but could also get into the blood stream.
Think of all the moisturizer, toner, cleanser, or exfoliating cream you use every day. If all of this had toxins in it, how sick could you become?
It is often tempting to buy products because they are inexpensive, but remember: you could be paying to repair the damage if you do not select your goods carefully. Consider paying the extra for organic skin care products.
They usually smell more natural and pleasant than creams and lotions with a perfume base. Results from using ingredients found in nature (such as tea tree oil) tend to cross boundaries so that someone looking for a moisturizer will also feel more relaxed, enjoy cleaner skin, or notice other benefits.
Would you bathe a baby in toxins?
The answer is obvious, yet some products in baby shampoos and lotions have been connected to health problems. The same can be said for the ingredients in shampoos and soaps for adults.
If it is unpronounceable and sounds like it belongs in a fuel additive, then an ingredient is probably not good for you. Maybe it will make your soap a pretty color or cause bubble bath to bubble, but avoid it anyway. Organic skin care goods are not sold by ‘color.’ They come in the shades of nature.
Vitamins might not look like food but they are derived from food ingredients as well as minerals. If you take up an organic diet, thinking you are doing yourself some good, all of this positive effort could be undone if your vitamins are not also organic.
Look for ‘certified organic’ on all labels. Even if it does say this, read the ingredients. Regulations are loose enough that a certain percentage of ingredients will qualify goods for the label ‘organic.’
Also, beware of the sign ‘all natural.’ Arsenic is natural but you would not want to eat it. Mercury is natural but could kill you. The point is that ‘all natural’ does not mean ‘safe’ or ‘organic.’
The benefits of wearing organic fabrics have probably got more to do with the people who grow and harvest them than the health of people who buy and wear them, but they are coveted by many individuals. Their popularity is multi-faceted.
One of the biggest controversies in commerce is the way in which goods are produced in third world countries. Not only are people exploited, but they are exposed to the toxins which are used to keep pests away, prevent rot, and to ensure that the developed world gets the designer clothes they want.
In the meantime, being paid a pittance for their efforts, these people get sick. They are no longer able to work. They need medical care that might not even be accessible. Unable to work, they starve.
Fair trade efforts are changing this situation in many farms and fields all over the world. One major change to some of these farms is the switch from chemical to organic farming. By doing this, business owners are protecting the health of their employees.
Never make the mistake of assuming that all fair trade goods are organic. The two are often linked, but read packaging to be sure.
An interest in this area of commerce returns the reader to the issue of what pesticides do to people, food, and land. It is as true in Bangladesh and Guatemala as it is anywhere else in the world: pest-killing chemicals hurt people.
They cause illness. Chemicals interrupt the natural environmental flow, deterring insects from pollinating plants, killing good animals, and leaching into the land for future generations of health woes.
One more benefit of running organic cocoa and coffee plantations is that these fair trade operations have become tourist destinations. By taking the economical risk of treating people more fairly and being kinder to the environment, governments and business people have brought tourist dollars into their countries and cities; money which, one hopes, will directly benefit the people.