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2019: Be a part of the solution, and make your new year an organic one!

Dec 10, 2018

Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic Center

Organic farming and an organic diet can safeguard and improve the health of the environment and the health of your family, with groundbreaking studies in 2018 yielding greater proof of those benefits than ever. As is its annual tradition, The Organic Center has put together its list of top ten science-based New Year’s resolutions to help you be a part of the solution by making your world organic.

 

One: Cut your risks

One of the most significant studies this year showed that eating an organic diet can reduce your risk of cancer. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25 percent reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer.”  MORE

 

Two: Keep it cool

Several studies in 2018 focused on the impacts of organic farming on climate change, and showed that choosing organic can help mitigate the release of greenhouse gases while sequestering carbon in the soil. One study found that a one percent increase in organic acreage in the U.S. could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by .049 percent.  MORE

 

Three: Sing like a bird

If you love bird watching or just the sound of birds in the morning, choosing organic is a must. This year one of the most interesting studies focusing on birds looked at places for them to live over the winter, and found that organic farms supported overwintering, and had more species of birds than conventional farms.   MORE

 

Four: Don’t forget about the bees

Organic is good for the birds … AND the bees. Researchers this year looked into how farming systems impact wild bees, and found more flowers around organic farms than conventional farms, likely due to the lack of herbicides used in organic production, and more species of solitary bees and more bumblebees. MORE

 

Five: Help local economies

Organic farms can pump up local economies and improve livelihoods. Studies found that organic hot spots positively impact local economies, and that organic farming not only creates more job opportunities but also more secure (longer-term) employment opportunities.  MORE

 

Six: Support farmer health

Organic decreases the risk of pesticide exposure on food for you and your family, and also has some serious health benefits for farmers and farmworkers. The Organic Center brought it all together this year in a report that details the impacts of the conventional use of synthetic pesticides on farmers and farmworkers – and how organic can be used as a model to decrease this exposure.   MORE

 

Seven: Stay down to earth

Choosing organic is still the best way to support healthy soils, and the organic food that you eat has a direct impact on the earth it was grown in. This year a long-term study found that organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. Another study showed that organic farming is linked to greater soil health and higher levels of micronutrients than conventional farming. Lots of good news for the soil this year! MORE

 

Eight: Think long-term

2018 saw a jump in the number of long-term research studies about the benefits of organic farming, and of how organic supports humans and the planet over many years. One study found that the environmental benefits of organic improve over time, and another study showed that as time under organic management increases, so do ecosystem services.  MORE

 

Nine: If you eat meat, eat organic

In general, eating meat has a higher impact on the environment than a vegetable-based diet. But, if you do decide to eat a burger, think about the best way to minimize your impact on our planet. A study this year looked at the environmental impacts of organic grass-fed beef and non-organic grass-fed beef production and found that organic grass-fed beef production has fewer environmental impacts.  MORE

 

Ten: Think outside of the box

Organic forces us to think outside of the conventional agriculture toolbox. Instead of using toxic, synthetic pesticides and fertilizer, organic farmers have to use innovative solutions to challenges they face in the field. One recent study showed that organic farming promotes overall pest control by supporting beneficial predators. MORE

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