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Organic

When we support organic farming, we're promoting people’s health and the health of our planet in at least five different ways:

  • Sustainable farming practices:
    According to the National Organic
    Program, certified organic foods must
    be grown without toxic pesticides,
    chemical fertilizers, genetically
    modified organisms, artificial hormones
    or sewage sludge.1 Organic

    farmers use ecologically sound 

    practices to improve soil fertility 

    and avoid pests and disease.2
  • Nutritious food: Studies show that
    organic foods3 may contain more
    nutrients
—including antioxidants—
    than conventional foods. In addition,
    eating a diet 
rich in organic foods can 
significantly
    reduce people’s exposure to pesticide residues.4
  • Healthy rural communities: Organic farming reduces exposure of farm workers and farm families to toxic chemicals and neighboring communities to pesticide drift.5
  • Biodiversity conservation: Organic agriculture also protects biodiversity by avoiding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and by enhancing natural wildlife habitats on the farm.6
  • Climate action. Organic farming is a powerful tool in the fight against global warming. It uses one-third to one half less fossil fuels than conventional farming and storing carbon in the soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere.7

    Learn more about the benefits of organic food & farming from our friends at:

    Organic Trade Association
    Organic Center
    Food and Water Watch
    Environmental Working Group
    Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture