6 Reasons Why Eating Organic Is Sustainable
Did you know our Chocolate Magic is 100% certified organic? Not only do we test for heavy metals, but we make it a priority to give our Planet P Fam the best of the best, organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients.️ If you have ever wondered why organic is more sustainable than conventional food, read on below!
1. Healthy Soil
Organic farming rebuilds soil health and stops harmful chemicals from getting into the ground! Organically grown and produced food does not use the typical agri-chemical fertilizers and pesticides that can deplete & pollute soils over time.
This helps with soil forming and conditioning, soil stabilization, waste recycling, carbon sequestration, nutrients cycling, predation, pollination, and habitats. By opting for organic products, your purchasing power promotes a less polluting agricultural system. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), about 1/3 of the world’s soil has already been degraded because of “chemical-heavy” farming techniques, and deforestation, which increases erosion and global warming.
It’s no secret that our wildlife is under threat because of chemical agricultural practices. A recent study found that birds in France, for example, have declined by a third in the past 15 years because of changes in agricultural practices, including pesticide use. Another study published last year also found that vast numbers of insects—including helpful pollinators like bees—are dying off.
Organic farming is beneficial for wildlife: According to scholar John Reganold of Washington State University, organic agriculture results in greater biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and microbes. An analysis of 66 scientific studies showed that organic farms have 30% more species on average than non-organic ones.
3. Bye-Bye Oil-Based Fertilizers and Pesticides ☠️
Soil building practices such as crop rotations, inter-cropping, symbiotic associations, cover crops, organic fertilizers, and minimum tillage are central to organic practices. These encourage soil fauna and flora, improving soil formation and structure, and creating more stable systems! It is sometimes necessary to supplement organic soils with potassium, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, and trace elements from external sources.
Many people are also looking for food grown without the use of oil-based fertilizers and pesticides. Under organic production, synthetic, oil-based pesticides, and fertilizers are avoided. Organic farmers produce food with natural fertilizers and less energy.
4. Less Energy Intensive ️
International Agricultural Research reports that 1/3 of our greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and food production. The UN FAO reports that unless we make an effort to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions, they could increase greatly in the near future. Healthy soils are a major source of carbon sequestration. The U.K.’s Soil Association estimates that if all U.K. farming was converted to organic, at least 1.3 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each year. That is equivalent to taking nearly 1 million cars off the road!
5. Improved Water Quality
In many agriculture areas, pollution of groundwater courses with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is a major problem. As the use of these is prohibited in organic agriculture, they are replaced by organic fertilizers (e.g. compost, green manure) and through the use of greater biodiversity, enhancing soil structure and water infiltration. Well managed organic systems with better nutrient retentive abilities, greatly reduce the risk of groundwater pollution. In some areas where pollution is a real problem, conversion to organic agriculture is highly encouraged as a restorative measure (e.g. by the Governments of France and Germany).
6. No-GMOs! ❌
Here at Planet Protein, we say NO to GMOs! Did you know we are certified non-GMO?! The use of GMOs within organic systems is not permitted during any stage of organic food production, processing, or handling. As the potential impact of GMOs to both the environment and health is not entirely understood, organic agriculture is taking the precautionary approach and choosing to encourage natural biodiversity. The organic label provides an assurance that GMOs have not been used in the production and processing of organic products.
Beyond the way food is produced, a sustainable diet is also about the types of foods we choose to eat. A diet that has the lowest environmental impact is plant-based and made up of local, seasonal foods. Cutting out foods with high GHG emissions, like meat and dairy, is imperative to cutting down your carbon footprint. Buying local isn’t as impactful as changing what types of foods you are buying, as transportation of food, only accounts for 6 percent of the climate footprint of food systems — though, if you can, buying produce that is in season from a local farmers market is an amazing choice for the planet!
It’s also important to note that not all organic is equal! Do your research and look into where your food is coming from. Do the best you can with the knowledge you know. It’s not about perfection, it’s about being 1% better every day and trying to improve the quality of life for ALL beings.