Organic food: Organic food is a critical solution to carbon emissions but also to our health. This may be due to the higher content of bioactive compounds and lower content of unhealthy substances such as cadmium and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in organic foods of plant origin compared to conventional agricultural products. You know that eating organic is the best way to avoid food produced with pesticides, GMOs, drugs and hormones (detected in factory farm meat).
But there’s another evil lurking in our non-organic food system, one that’s even harder to detect and avoid: synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.
Synthetic fertilizers are also linked to a host of health problems. Each year in the U.S., it causes tens of thousands of illnesses, including:
• 2,939 cases of very low birth weight; 1,725 cases of very preterm birth; and 41 cases of neural tube defects.
• 12,594 cases of cancer, including colorectal, ovarian, thyroid, kidney and bladder cancer.
• 4,300 premature deaths due to nitrogen oxide-heavy smog from synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use on corn alone.
The synthetic fertilizer industry would have you believe that farmers can’t grow food without synthetic nitrogen.
But as any successful organic or regenerative farmer will tell you, that’s just not true.
The National Academy of Engineering calls synthetic nitrogen fertilizer pollution one of the “grand challenges” facing the world.
Scientists warn that we must drastically reduce its use.
Let’s start in our own backyards—by asking our state lawmakers to act.
Clothing, linens, textiles: Organic products are made from substances grown without the use of chemicals. Our soils are deeply impacted by the use of chemicals and cause untold health issues. Chemicals also deplete the soil and overtime destroy its viability. People are not aware that cotton is the most sprayed crop in the world.
Dyes and other chemical additives have tremendous impacts in both the production cycle (causing waste that impacts our air, water and soil) and health impacts on the people who use them. The garment industry is a major polluter. Chemical companies are a significant source of geenhouse gas emissions – agriculture, iron and metal smelting, cement production, waste treatment and…the fashion industry. The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. Most of our clothing and household items are produced by third world peoples who are often working for lower than poverty level wages. Some are in slave labor conditions, and often employ children.
Electrical waste products are a nightmare because of their impacts in production and disposal. Child labor is often used in the recycling of those products and waste.
Household and personal care items: Using natural and organic products in much better for the environment. Skincare products that contain chemicals can have a very damaging impact on the environment, sprays and perfumes that are released into the atmosphere can be very harmful, as well as the manufacturing process that takes place to create them. The benefits of organic food Organic produce contains fewer pesticides.. Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic farming is better for the environment.. Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts.