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How Eating Organic Helps the Earth

Posted by Shoppers Drug Mart on March 29, 2010

Organic foods are booming, and this is no flash-in-the-pan trend. There are a number of compelling reasons why organic foods are super-hot and have earned the approval of today’s savvy consumers. Nativa is a line of certified organic pantry foods, snacks and even candy and treats. Here are 3 reasons to give them a try.

1 Organic products reduce pollution.

Organic crops are raised without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, farmers use crop rotation, natural pest control methods (including beneficial predators like ladybugs) and complementary plantings to protect their harvest—and the soil’s integrity. This means fewer chemicals in the air, running into the water table, and ingested by us via our food.

2 Organic food production encourages biodiversity.

The same herbicides that kill weeds can kill native wildflowers.

The same pesticides that destroy harmful insects can destroy beneficial pollinators like butterflies and bees, and pest-eaters like ladybugs.

The same fertilizers that help crops flourish, run off into our lakes and rivers, and contribute to harmful blue-green algae growth (which robs fish and aquatic life of oxygen).

Organic farming, on the other hand, avoids introducing these harmful elements into the environment. Natural farming methods work with nature, not against it. That’s better for the ecosystem.

3 Consuming organic food may be better for your family’s health.

Although there’s some debate as to whether organic produce has a higher vitamin or anti-oxidant content than conventional produce, one thing that’s for sure is that increasing your consumption of organic food will reduce your ingestion of potentially harmful pesticide residues.

Some of the chemical components of conventional herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and fertilizers have been associated with childhood and adult health disorders, so eating organic may be better for your family’s long-term safety.

Eating more healthfully can also mean eating deliciously, thanks to the great range of foods in Nativa’s certified-organic product line. Nativa, available at Shopper Drug Mart stores across Canada, includes a wide range of products that make earth- and human-health friendly organic food a nutritious, delicious and affordable choice.

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