There are certain benefits of organic foods over non organic that might not seem like very important benefits at first, but will add up over time. These benefits both apply to ourselves and to nature. I shall first highlight the benefits to ourselves, then to those in nature.
A benefit of organic food to ourselves is that organic food seems to have more nutrients in it than non organic food. Since non organic food tends to be processed, it tends to have some of its natural nutrients sapped out of it. This is true of both meats and produce. Because the emphasis is always placed on the size of the yield, there is never any placed on the nutritional value of the food. Also animals raised on large farms are often injected with hormones which make the animals grow bigger, or in a chicken’s case, produce more eggs. However, we also end up ingesting these hormones, and while there are no large, long term studies saying that these hormones are causing us grave injury, the fact that American children are developing into adults at a younger age and are growing larger than ever before should be enough to give us pause. The benefits of organic foods here seem obvious enough. Without all those hormones, our children will develop at a natural rate. The organic benefits here seem, on their face, to be staggering.
The benefits of organic foods with regards to animals is more of a moral concern than any other. On large farms animals are crammed into spaces hardly big enough for them to stand in, and they are kept like that for the majority of their lives. Many have called this a form of torture. The benefits of organic foods here are that on organic farms animals are able to roam free around their area of the farm. They are able to act in ways that they normally would, and are never caged in such barbaric ways. The organic food benefits here probably lose some of their momentum if you do not care about or believe that animals are deserving of rights of any kind, but for those who do, the benefits of organic foods are tremendous.
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