Why Take This Challenge?
Organic food is produced without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and hormones. Food that does not meet this criteria is often called non-conventional and conventional practices are more taxing on our soil and water. While all of the impacts of conventional agriculture have nott been studied yet, disruptions to natural food chains, toxic algae blooms, and genetically altered wildlife are some of the known impacts.
How Does This Challenge Benefit Me?
While the health risks of conventional farming practices are complex and inconsistent, there are no health risks in adopting an organic diet. The more people that demand organic foods in stores and restaurants, the lower the prices.
What If I Already Did This?
Seek out a local organic diet! Reduce the chemical and transportation impacts of your food. Find out what types of agriculture exist in your region and which farmers utilize organic practices. Then you can support your local economy as well. Diversify your consumption. Don’t limit your fruits and veggies to what is available at the national chains. Find out about heirloom tomatoes and persimmon trees. Unique regional delicacies are often organic and improve biodiversity.
Prep This Weekend for a More Sustainable Week
Find out who carries organic produce and meats in your area. Start small with substitutions for items you already buy like organic bananas and milk or hormone free chicken breasts. Restaurants with vegetarian menus often feature organic foods, but don’t be afraid to ask, wherever you’re eating. Step up your game by switching out tough to find organic staples (ice cream!) with those that are more readily available (wine!).