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What You Eat

While both organic and raw/natural foods may contain no preservatives, many non-organic foods are genetically modified and grown using harmful pesticides or non-ethical labor. Research has shown that organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants, so it is healthier for us while usually tasting better. Organic farming also means the elimination of pesticide drift, which is harmful to air, land, animals, and people. According to the National Academy of Science, “Neurological and behavioral effects may result from [even] low-level exposure to pesticides,” and various studies demonstrate that pesticides can increase the risk of cancer, infertility, and harm the nervous system. Buying organic is ecologically and economically sound: organically grown foods utilize less energy; organic farms are designed to blend with the natural biodiversity of an area; and buying organic means supporting local farmers who do not get government subsidies. So whether you are growing or buying, look for products that are certified organic.