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Why buy Organic Meat and Dairy?

Posted Nov 24 2008 3:46pm

Even if you are not ready to awaken to the VAST benefits of Raw~Living Vegan foods I urge you to at least consider the following!…

 

Why buy organic meat and dairy?

Eating fewer animal products is a good choice for us and for our environment. When we support farms that ethically take care of the animals they raise in a more humane way, we provide healthier choices for our families and support healthy and ecological neighborhoods. Look for farm products that meet these criteria:

NO ANTIBIOTICS, 
HORMONES, GMO FEED 
OR OTHER DRUGS

Animals raised organically cannot be fed antibiotics, genetically modified foods, or the bovine human growth hormone (rbGH) or other drugs. The animals receive certified 100 percent organic feed and a wider range of nutrients than those raised in factory farms. 
 Organically raised animals have been shown to be significantly healthier than their factory-raised counterparts. The products from these animals carry a certified organic label.

NO MAD COWS

The practice of feeding cattle the ground-up remains of other cows appears to cause mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which destroys the central nervous system and brain, and can pass to humans who eat the cows. In humans, it has a long latency period, and causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  This practice is outlawed in organic production.

MORE HUMANE TREATMENT
 

Free-range and ranch-raised animals are not confined. They spend much of their time outdoors in the fresh air.

Factory farms treat animals like commodities, holding them in tightly confined pens. Often, they never move more than a few feet their whole lives.

RECYCLE MANURE 

Sustainable farms use their manure productively as organic fertilizer, recycling its nutrients.

Industrial farms produce so much manure that it becomes a larger health risk, contaminating wells and waterways with E. coli and other pathogens. 

FEWER CHEMICALS

Organic agriculture uses crop rotation and other techniques to improve soil fertility, instead of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic livestock are not fed food containing these chemicals, which concentrate in animal fat, so our exposure to such toxins is reduced.

Farmers working on organic farms also are exposed to fewer chemicals. Organic farming safeguards groundwater, topsoil, habitats and neighborhood health. 

EMBRACE DIVERSITY
 

Small, sustainable farms tend to raise a wider variety of livestock; industrial farms rely more upon monocultures. We support a healthy gene pool by purchasing diverse foods.

USE RESOURCES WISELY

Organic farms use 70 percent less energy than factory farms through careful ecological management that leverages nature’s checks and balances to solve pest problems and preserve topsoil from erosion. When we buy from local farms, we also reduce the distance food travels from field to table.

In producing, transporting, processing and marketing food, typical factory farms operate on cheap, nonrenewable fossil fuels. Their heavy pesticide use both contaminates groundwater and soil and fosters erosion.

SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS 

When we buy our meat and dairy products from an organic stand at a farmers’ market, we support that farm and the whole concept of healthy food, ensuring its continued availability. If we don’t, we are likely supporting the less wholesome practices of the multinational food industry. 

Buying organic animal products, rather than conventional versions, is better for our family’s health, our community and our world.
Adapted from: www.Care2.com/greenliving/why-buy-organic-dairy-meat.html, an article by Annie B. Bond.

Organic Farm Certification in a Nutshell

To qualify farm products for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification, a farmer must track and report all related activities, including animal feed and food crop practices, livestock health and living conditions, and product processing, packaging, storage and shipping. Requirements are rigorous.

Specifically:

Land must have been free of prohibited substances for at least three years. 

No harmful pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones may be used. 

Using sewage sludge as fertilizer is prohibited. 

No use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is allowed.
No irradiation of feed is allowed.

There can be no commingling of organic and nonorganic items at any stage.

Annual inspections of grounds and facilities must be conducted by a disinterested third party.

The farmer must undergo a detailed annual audit of purchases, production and sales.

Source:  naturalawakeningsmag.com
Issue:  November 2008

      
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