Why is Organic Farming So Important?

When you purchase organic food for your table, you are doing much more than providing healthy food for you and your family.

What is organic farming? The core principle of organic farming is to raise crops without the use of any synthetics. The National Organic Program (NOP) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates organic farming. Strict standards are followed and maintained by annual inspections. Naturally creating healthy and nutritious soil is a key organic farming principal.

Organic farmers know that their work entails far more than just not using chemical fertilizers and weed killers. When farmers work closely with the soil respecting its habitat, the benefits are far beyond a yield of nutritious food. Their natural method of working the soil contributes to cleaner air and water and a healthier environment for everyone.

In direct contrast, farmers who employ conventional agricultural practices use more than one billion pounds of pesticides each year in the U.S. alone! Numerous studies dispute the safety of many traditional farming products including the herbicide glyphosate found in the popular weed killer, Roundup.

An extensive 2015 study by the Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center brought to light the potential health hazards that the use of toxic pesticides have on farmers, the public, wildlife, and the environment. Scientific evidence makes the connection between pesticide exposure and certain cancers and diseases.

If it’s organic, it can’t be a GMO. A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The top ten most common GMO foods are soy, corn, canola oil, cotton (cottonseed oil), milk (cows are given hormones to develop and produce milk faster), sugar, aspartame, zucchini, yellow squash, and papaya. The jury isn’t out on the safety of GMO products.

So what can you do?

Buy organic produce and meats whenever possible. Become more aware of what is in your food and how it’s being raised and grown. You will not only be doing the best for your health, but you will also be supporting a healthier way of farming and caring for this country for future generations.

How is Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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