It’s 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It’s always important to remind ourselves of why we buy organic and support those farmers that feed us this nourishing food. Here are just five more reasons to choose organic this year, courtesy of The Organic Center.

It’s 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It’s always important to remind ourselves of why we buy organic and support those farmers that feed us this nourishing food. Here are just five more reasons to choose organic this year, courtesy of The Organic Center.

Reduce Your Exposure

Conventionally grown crops contain anywhere from two to twelve synthetic pesticides! Reduce your exposure by purchasing organic products that guarantee to be chemical free.

Invest in Nutritional Quality

Crops grown in organic soil may yield less per acre and take longer to grow but that’s because they are benefitting from nature’s daycare. Organic soil is biologically more active, producing crop with higher levels of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

Say No to Hormones

If you decide to go organic in only one area, your animal products must be it. Conventional livestock farmers treat their cattle with growth hormones, drugs, feed supplements, and diets high in grain. All of these treatments yield more milk and eggs far beyond what is healthy for the animal. Organic varieties prohibit the use of animal drugs allowing a healthy animal to produce a safe level of organic meat, milk, and eggs

Promote Biodiversity

Biodiversity is vital to the health of our planet. We love organic farmers because they combine multiple crops with livestock to promote the health of the soil and make the most of the rain and sunlight!

Encourage a Healthy Environment

The benefits of choosing organic go beyond your dinner table. Farming can be an extremely hazardous occupation but supporting organic farming can help to reduce this risk. Organic farming minimizes the farmer’s exposure to toxic pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Their neighbors will thank you too!