Is the Higher Price Worth It?
Does It Really Matter? To understand the fallout of conventional farming is to realize the argument for organics. Bob Scowcroft, executive director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation, touches on the devastating consequences of pesticides. “DDT nearly eliminated the American eagle by affecting their ability to reproduce” he says. “Since World War II, we’ve introduced more than 9,000 chemicals into the environment. And we don’t know the full impact on humans and different sized humans,” he adds, alluding to studies revealing damaging effects on children.
When you buy organically certified foods, you’re ensured they are free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic DNA modification.
“Organics are better for the environment, and it’s an investment in the revitalization of rural America,” Scowcroft says. Organic farms are usually smaller, family-owned farms contributing to the economy of struggling rural America, he explains. The organic choice may be a little more expensive, but it’s an investment in your health and the future.
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