Support Organic Farming’s Positive Effects on the Environment

Target: Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

Goal: To support organic farming despite recent reports showing limited health benefits of eating organic food.

According to a recent report that has caught the eye of the media, eating organic food does not have the health benefits that many believe it does. However, organic food has never had any claim in being more nutritious that other food, as was proved by the recent study showing that organic vegetables do not contain any more vitamins or minerals than those from traditional farms. The term “organic” refers only to the way in which food is farmed, meaning that organic vegetables and meats are better for you in that you avoid consuming chemical growth hormones and additives.

There are, however, a number of other real benefits to buying and eating organic foods. Most of these benefits do not concern human health at all, but rather the health of the environment in which they are grown. One of the main practices in organic farming is following government standards to ensure that “cultural, biological, and mechanical practices foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.”  While traditional farming is a big contributor to CO2 levels in the atmosphere, organic farmers are more focused on environmental sustainability and have a lower carbon footprint. There is also an important human rights factor involved, in that the health of field workers at organic farms is often much better than those at traditional farms who spend their days surrounded by harsh and poisonous chemicals.

While there are certainly only limited health benefits to shopping and eating organic, it is impossible to deny the environmental and humanistic benefits involved. Sign this petition and tell organic farmers all over the world that you support their efforts to keep their workers healthier and the environment more sustainable.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear WWOOF,

Despite recent reports that organic foods are not any more nutritious that traditionally farmed foods, it remains clear that benefits of organic farming far outweigh the negatives. Organic farming ensures environmental sustainability and takes into account local ecosystems and biodiversity, and ultimately creates a comparable product with a much lower carbon footprint. Field workers at these farms are also marginally healthier than those at traditional farms, likely due to the lack of exposure to chemical additives.

This most recent report showing the lack of nutritional value of organic foods has been swept up by the media as a hot topic, but completely ignores the numerous benefits of organic farming in regards to other factors. We wholeheartedly support your continued efforts to ensure that the population is not exposed to dangerous chemicals, both through your products and through your fields, and thank you deeply for your limited impact on the environment and your work towards creating more sustainable agricultural practices.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Global warming is the one big issue facing the world now. To the extent that organic farming helps mitigate global warming by capturing and storing carbon, it can help save agriculture from destruction by global warming. Too bad I don’t feel I can afford to pay extra to eat organically grown food.

  2. Good post Grace. I totally agree. Unfortunately I can’t afford to eat organically grown food either…

  3. Alexander Hawkeswood says:

    There do seem to be conflicting opinions on the nutritional values of intensively and organically grown foods. I’ve read in more than one place that organic food has been found to be considerably higher in many nutrients. And I’ve also read that the synthetic chemicals found in intensive foods could be a very significant cause of the obesity epidemic. But even so I very much prefer to buy organic to help protect the natural ecology of the planet and the health of farmers and field workers

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