4 Benefits of Growing Organic Food

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Imagine yourself riding on a kick scooter, enjoying the warmth of the sun, feeling the cold draft breeze on your skin when you notice a small and modest restaurant with vegetables in all kinds growing and flourishing at their backyard.

Your stomach growls and seeing a fast-food joint at the opposite section of the street, you pause and think, “Well, duh. It’s a no brainer.”

Any health-conscious individual would pick the restaurant. Today we will share about 4 benefits why you should grow organic foods.

Why Organic?

Organic in agriculture means avoiding synthetic chemicals; relating to or employing agricultural practices that avoid the use of chemicals in favor of naturally occurring pesticides, fertilizers and other growing aids.

It has been shown that organic foods have considerably greater essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to defend against cancer. Among other things, going organic can provide mental and physical benefits like significantly decreasing the chances of accelerated diseases, long-term money savings, and increasing the vitamin and mineral content in your soil.

Thanks to the nutrients and trace minerals found in nurtured and chemical-free soil, the vitamin and mineral content in organic foods are significantly higher than conventionally manufactured produce.

Besides getting all those naturally formed minerals and nutrients, gardening organically will give you a sense of relaxation and exercise. It’s something that you can do long-term with added benefits to your lifestyle as a bonus. Reducing your risk of high blood pressure, having a heart disease, and getting obese are just 3 of the many benefits of organic gardening.

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4 Benefits of Growing Organic Food

#1. Environmental Benefits

Owning a garden will mean that you are contributing to the number of plants and trees on the planet. A very important contribution because plants and trees convert carbon into oxygen. Less carbon will mean less greenhouse gasses that will trap and keep heat in our atmosphere. In this way, you are helping stop climate change.

When you garden, you are essentially creating a habitat for different life forms. Which in turn will encourage birds and insects to thrive and reproduce. Birds are important because they spread seeds thereby creating more plants while insects will help pollinate plants and provide food for those birds. You will have a self-sustaining ecosystem in your backyard by using organic gardening effectively. This is good for the overall larger ecosystem of our planet.

In organic gardening, there’s no longer a need to use chemical pesticides, herbicides or inorganic fertilizers. This decreases the amount of chemicals running off into water supplies and streams.

The lack of chemical run-off will lower the chance of harming birds, small animals and beneficial insects. Meaning there will no longer be dangerous chemicals that will cause a bee colony to collapse and there will no longer be harmful chemicals affecting butterflies and other pollinators necessary in growing plants.

Since organic gardening is all about creating a natural cycle, it honors the cycles of birth, death and decomposition within your garden ecosystem. That’s why composting is an important part of this process.

Being able to turn food scraps into compost is an important foundation of organic gardening. This will ultimately produce soil that is filled with nutrients and microbes necessary for your plants to grow healthy and nutritious. Compost also acts as a soil conditioner. This will help your soil remain loose and airy- holding more moisture and nutrients for faster growth of soil organisms.

#2. Health Benefits

Having an organic garden means having produce free from toxic chemicals. Growing your own organic food means you know exactly what you are putting into your mouth. This will avoid unknown complications from inducing chemical mutations. Unlike its alternative, this practice comes with no unknown health risks and also has been proven to benefit your health.

There’s actually something called “horticultural therapy”. This uses gardening to help people become fit physically and emotionally thus improving the social, educational and psychological aspect of a person. Horticultural therapy is like any other regular physical activity. It helps reduce your risk of adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis and stroke among a large number of other illnesses.

Benefits of Organic Food

#3. Money Saving Benefits

We all want to save money. Planting your own organic garden will help you do that. Did you know that buying organic food at farmers markets and health food stores can cost you up to 50% or more over the regular supermarket? By growing a garden in your own backyard, you can save money at the store, and fuel costs from making trips for the perishables will significantly lower.

Home grown produce is cheaper than buying at any stores. Most especially if you save your own seeds. Compost is free to make and in a long-term perspective, since you have a well-balanced ecosystem in your garden, you will rarely need to do anything else.

#4. Taste Benefits

Nothing tastes better than fresh fruits or vegetables straight off the plant, vine, or tree. The flavors contained within your harvested produce will guarantee vibrancy and excitement. Any fruit or vegetable that you grow organically will naturally be healthier, superior and tastier than chemically treated foods and conventional crops.

When a plant grows organically without pesticides, its taste is enhanced. An organically farmed plant will be able to produce more antioxidants without pesticides to guard against harm. When consumed, these antioxidants will protect our bodies from diseases.

Higher levels of antioxidants affect the quality of the food’s smell and taste. Chemicals that plants produce in response to stress will affect their taste. Less to no chemicals used will mean more antioxidants produced thus in turn will make plants yield more intense and accentuated flavors.

Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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