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Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic

By Rebecca Joerres, September 2, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
This September, we’re celebrating National Organic Harvest Month in our stores across the US. We’ve always been in love with organics, and we hope you’ll fall in love with them too…if you haven’t already. Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic – courtesy of our friends at the Organic Trade Association. Join us in supporting organic farmers across the US this September – and buy organic!

1. Organic products meet stringent standards Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

2. Organic food tastes great! It’s common sense – well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

3. Organic production reduces health risks Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us. 4. Organic farms respect our water resources The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

5. Organic farmers build healthy soil Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

6. Organic farmers work in harmony with nature Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fencerows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

7. Organic producers are leaders in innovative research Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

8. Organic producers strive to preserve diversity The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

9. Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

10. Organic abundance – Foods and non-foods alike! Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

If you’re shopping for organics, you won’t find a bigger selection than at Whole Foods Market. We stock our aisles with a wide selection of the highest quality organic (and conventional) items. The variety of organic products you’ll find in our stores span your grocery list, from produce to meat and poultry to pantry basics, artisan cheese and dairy staples and a few sweet indulgences. If you haven’t already, give our 365 Everyday Value® organic products a try. They embody our strict Quality Standards, and they’re priced competitively – usually the lowest price in their category. Tell us, do you shop for organics or conventional items, or, a mix of both?
Category: Food Issues, Organics

 

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Ashley says ...
I've been eating organic as much as possible for a while now. After reading things like "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and viewing documentaries like "Food, Inc" I've also added local and sustainable to the list, as much as possible. I feel like organic, local, and sustainable is simply the healthiest way for us to eat and the best approach for the environment.
09/10/2011 8:47:40 AM CDT
Mrs. Heath says ...
Can you put a little room in your Whole Foods with a bed... Nothing fancy. It would just make more sense for me since I could definitely live in a Whole Foods. :) Love this place.
09/07/2011 4:41:31 PM CDT
Justine says ...
I love to fill my Porsche Cayenne will organic produce for my darling children. They get only the best organic chocolate from Africa.
09/11/2011 12:15:17 PM CDT
Adrienne Menard says ...
Our local media had announced that one of your whole food stores might be coming to Lafayette, LA. Is this still a possibility? Thanks
09/02/2011 3:35:16 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Adrienne Happy to see your clear devotion to Whole Foods Market. The following link will take you to a page that will keep you updated on our stores that have been announced and are in development. It doesn't look like there is a store announced for Lafayette just yet but keep your fingers crossed and keep checking the below page! Thanks for your support! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/content/company/real-estate/stores-in-development/
09/02/2011 3:46:50 PM CDT
kara rane says ...
I love Whole Foods and their offering of Organics. It makes me so happy when I shop there and see the produce from farms that I know and visit in the local area...thank You for posting not only the organic labeling but where the food is from! Organic farms and farmers deserve our heart felt support.
09/02/2011 7:33:26 PM CDT
Shaniqua says ...
Healthy living/eating is definetly the way to go. Let's perserve and save our planet by doing the right thing. You are the earth, so u are helping yourself... I get a good sense of good vibes/ positive energy when i come into your store, because everyone is on the same page length...
09/04/2011 2:21:08 PM CDT
Jo Carpenter says ...
I won't buy anything BUT organic! We travel over an hour one way once or twice a month to Whole Foods. The stores in our area STINK! Plus, it's such a pleasure to see EVERY employee of Whole Foods helpful and very pleasant. I LOVE this store! Thank you for excellent good foods and wonderful employees and service!
09/08/2011 10:38:06 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
We shop for as much organic as we can. This is a new change for us, in the past we would get organic if we could, now we seek it out at many local stores. Also we strive to find the organics that are also more locally grown. One problem that we face is finding regionally and even in-country grown produce, in particular non-exotics like Red, Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers. They are all imported from Canada, Holland or Mexico - yet its a crop that can grow in more than 90% of the United States. We are opting to grow our own, instead.
09/09/2011 5:39:12 PM CDT
Sabrina Quairoli says ...
I'm italian and we love food. I remember my childhood Saturdays going to the farmers market with my mom, tasting wonderful organic samples and buying wonderful tomatoes to make with our homemade sauce. I wish there were more places these days that would offer the same wonderful tasting food. That is the main reason I go to Whole Foods often. Wonderful veggies and fruit!
09/10/2011 12:03:30 PM CDT
Aimee says ...
I'm a college student, so I don't usually buy my own food here at school. The dining hall I think at least gets local when it can. My college is in Lancaster, PA, so there's lots of farms around here! Unfortunately, I don't think too many of them are organic. When I graduate and start buying my own food, I'll definitely try to stick to organic and local as much as possible. I might even grow some of my own food or forage some wild plants. You'd be surprised to find out how many "weeds" are edible! For example, instead of shooting dandelions with herbicide, pull them up and eat the leaves. Nothing better than free food that grows itself!
09/11/2011 12:59:36 PM CDT
Marika Ujvari says ...
Organic is the ONLY way to go!!!
09/14/2011 7:51:19 PM CDT
Rose says ...
Why is it so hard to get organic soy or veggie burgers? What is going on?
09/15/2011 7:46:17 AM CDT
Coach Marina says ...
I switched to 100% organic products over a year ago! Before I used to purchase a mix of both, but the benefits of organic products (such as those listed on this post) outweighed any cons (read cost mainly!). What I found is that I'm spending the same amount of money because I'm eating less now due to the higher nutritional content that organic products have. I not only buy organic fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, oils, personal care products, etc. I'm looking forward to WH opening in Brooklyn! We are all waiting anxiously around here for that store to be built so we don't have to go to Manhattan to access a bountiful selection of organic products.
09/15/2011 8:33:54 AM CDT
Jamie Sarner says ...
If I had to choose I would prefer Fair Trade products, because they are PASSIVE ORGANIC. What does that mean? Farmers in Africa or South America are poor and can't afford any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, so they are forced to grow products where nature intended. I believe that Fair Trade certification are even more affordable. In Toronto, we have a great many <a href="http://jamiesarner.com/toronto-life/2011/08/fair-trade-in-toronto/" rel="nofollow">Fair Trade shops</a>and their number is growing. You can add one more item to your top 10 list and that is that purchasing organic food like Fair Trade helps farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions and provides a decent living wage.
09/23/2011 9:38:37 AM CDT
Megan says ...
I try to buy organic when I can; however, as an unemployed college student my budget is limited. I heard once certain fruits and vegetables should be organic, yet with others it may not be as necessary. Is this true? If so, what produce should I choose organic?
11/15/2011 1:30:37 PM CST
terri oeder says ...
I have lived all my life in metairie la, and now find myself living in lake charles la, I miss whole foods, I had rumors of a store opening in Lafayette La but the rumors have stopped.!!!!!!!! Please let me know if you are opening one in Layayette la or Beaumont Tx. I so miss shopping at at you store.
02/13/2013 11:14:42 PM CST
Jazmyn says ...
I moved to Lake Charles,La from Atlanta and it breaks my heart that the nearest Whole Foods is 2 hours away! I love organic food but unfortunately that isn't really an option for me anymore. Please open one in southwest Louisiana!
02/06/2014 10:28:16 AM CST