Why Organic Simply Matters
At Simply Bee Organics we are passionate about honeybees and the delicate ecosystem governed by Mother Earth that we share and are collectively responsible for. We support sustainable organic farming methods and eco-conscious beekeeping to produce products that are organic, non-GMO, and simply better for us. The benefits of organic farming are ever-growing and include: promotes pollinators, produces chemical free food, increases the vitamins & minerals content of the food, conserves water, protects farmworkers, reduces soil erosion and increases soil fertility, costs less to tax-payers, reduces pollution, and never uses sewage sludge. Most importantly organic farming is in alignment with the sacred synchronistic reciprocity we have with nature.
Organic farms are pollinator-friendly and protect bees, pollinators and wildlife from toxic chemicals. In 2015, the Organic Center released a report showing that organic farming has an important role to play in supporting the health of our pollinators. Large-scale, chemically intensive agricultural production has been implicated as a major source of threats to pollinators. Increasingly, scientific research demonstrates that the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, destruction of native habitat, and a decrease in nutritious forage due to extensive use of mono-cropping are detrimental to pollinators. A number of studies reviewed in the Organic Center’s report demonstrate that organic farming practices alleviate many threats to honey bees and that organic farms support significantly more pollinators than conventional farms.
Organic farming produces chemical free food. Chemical-free food is the most personally beneficial by-product of organic farming. Organic farmers do not use any toxic herbicides and pesticides on their crops, while conventional farming involves using pesticides for protecting crops from insects and radiating the produce. Irradiation exposes the crop to intense ionizing radiation in order to delay sprouting and extend shelf life. This process is likely linked to increase risk of cancer. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - Internal Medicine found that those who ate organic foods frequently over time had a significantly lower overall risk of developing cancer. More specifically, those who primarily eat organic foods showed to be more likely to ward off non-Hodgkin lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer compared to those who rarely or never ate organic foods. Reducing toxic residues in food and the environment is an overarching, important goal of organic farming. Canadian and U.S. organic standards go far beyond chemical use in defining what it means to be organic. Both describe an organic farm as a place that champions soil health, seeks balance with ecological systems, and promotes human and environmental well-being.
Organic farming produces foods that are more nutritious. Organic food contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients than conventionally raised food. There is a growing body of evidence documenting how farming methods can influence the nutritional content of foods. The British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops — ranging from carrots and broccoli to apples and blueberries — have substantially higher concentrations of a range of antioxidants and beneficial compounds like anthocyanins and flavonols, compared with conventional crops. Consumption of these compounds is linked to a variety of benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects. Flavonol compounds — found widely in fruits and vegetables — have also been shown to protect cells from damage, which can help fend off disease and prevent cancer. In a 2001 stud published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers reviewed available published literature to compare the nutrient content in five common organicvegetables versus conventionally grown ones. In organic carrots, spinach, lettuce, potato and cabbage there was significantly more Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus and less nitrates than the alternatively grown ones.
Organic farming conserves water and protects the streams and lakes downstream from toxic runoff that conventional farming produces. Many by-products of conventional farming threaten watersheds and pollute drinking water. Runoff from farms carries soil and farm inputs — like fertilizer and pesticides — into nearby creeks and streams. Excess nitrogen and phosphorous in water sources causes an overgrowth of algae in a short period of time (algae blooms). The overgrowth of algae consumes oxygen and blocks sunlight from underwater plants. The lack of oxygen makes it impossible for aquatic life to survive, creating dead zones. The largest dead zone is in the Gulf of Mexico and occurs every summer as a result of nutrient pollution from farms leeching and running down through the Mississippi River. Everything eventually ends up in the ocean. Whether the chemicals are leaching through the soil into aquifers below; are being blown into nearby rivers and lakes; or simply running off into the ocean after the rain, the toxins used in conventional farming methods and sprayed on our food are designed to kill and will do just that no matter where they are.
Organic farming protects neighboring communities and farmworkers from exposure to dangerous persistent pesticides. Farmworkers are at great risk for exposure to agricultural pesticides and the adverse health impacts that can occur as a result. Neighboring communities are also at risk for exposure through pesticide drift if they reside near a big farm or a conventionally managed park or playing field. Pesticide drift is a threat to human health as well as to wildlife and ecosystems. A recent study published in Environmental Research adds evidence to a larger body of research showing that eating organic very well may reduce pesticides in the human body. The study found that families eating a 100 percent organic diet rapidly and dramatically reduced their exposure to four classes of pesticides—by an average of 60 percent—over six days.
Organic farming increases soil fertility. Organic farmers use natural organic fertilizers and soil amendments like organic matter (things you can compost), green manures (cover crops grown specifically for soil improvement, e.g. legumes), and animal manures (with safety restrictions) to build healthy soil. When food is grown in healthy soil, crops are better able to resist disease, survive drought, and tolerate insects. Not only does organic farming build healthy soil, but it also helps combat serious soil and land issues, such as erosion. A major study comparing adjoining organic and chemically treated wheat fields showed that the organic field featured eight more inches of topsoil than the chemically treated field and also had only one-third the erosion loss. Other solutions to curbing farm runoff include employing buffer zones and removing the use or need for synthetic inputs. Cover cropping helps prevent soils from washing away, and help recycle nutrients; crop rotations prevent nutrient stripping from the soil; and the composting of plant and animal materials, and the use of manure as fertilizer results in higher rates of nitrogen recycling reducing the introduction of new nitrogen pollution to the environment. All of these practices are already common strategies in organic agriculture.
Organic products may be more expensive in the store, but not more expensive to the environment, nor contribute to the long-term legal costs from the billions required for the clean up, restoration, and public health crises caused by conventional farm methods. In order to keep the extremely expensive, large scale, non-organic farming practice running, millions of taxpayer dollars need handed out in subsidies, resulting in taxpayer money contributing towards making a big mess, then doing a very questionable job cleaning it up.
Organic farming directly reduces pollution. Organic farming reduces pollution by limiting the production of reactive nitrogen. Fertilizer often converts into nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300 times more powerful than CO2. Nitrous is a serious contributor to ozone depletion. Reactive nitrogen forms smog and contributes to acid rain when converted to nitric acid. Nitrogen runs off into lakes, causing toxic algal blooms, pollutes oceans, leading to oxygen loss and killing organisms in the water source. Organic farming counters toxic water pollution by promoting carbon sequestration. The longest running, side-by-side comparison of conventional and organic farming in the United States (Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial) proved that organic farming is scientifically better for the environment. The trial, running since 1981, has shown that a healthy organic agriculture system can actually reduce carbon dioxide and help slow climate change. In fact, the Rodale research concluded that:
“If we converted all global croplands and pastures to regenerative organic agriculture we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions.”
Sewage sludge is a product of wastewater treatment and contains numerous known and unknown hazardous materials – including everything that is flushed into the sewer system. Once treated, sewage sludge is often applied to agricultural cropland as fertilizer. This means that this chemical soup that is often full of toxic compounds, nanomaterial, hormones and dangerous pathogens, are applied to the very food we eat. Organic food is not produced using any sewage sludge! Organic products are managed according to defined processes for planting, growing, raising and handling and sewage sludge and their by-products are just not allowed.
Why Organic Simply Matters to Us?
At Simply Bee Organics, we give love and bio-integrated farming and in exchange we receive healthy nourishing food, healthy water, sustainable healthy earth for our children, diversity of flowers and creatures for future generations.