In case you haven’t noticed, organic foods are becoming more mainstream because of the growing knowledge that they’re so much better for you. Makes sense, you think to yourself. There are no herbicides/pesticides used so obviously organic foods are better for you. However, there are more reasons (apart from the lack of chemical exposure) why ingesting organic foods is more optimal to your health and the health of the environment. More and more fact-based studies are coming to light extolling the benefits of organic foods. Here are the findings of just one of the studies. Conducted by the European Parliament’s Independent Research service, “Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture” has stated that the consumption of organic food prevents disease risks. It also paves the way for improving early development, increases the quality and nutrition of food and is one way to reduce herbicide/pesticide exposure. The European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety has found that people who prefer/consume organic food options have healthier overall dietary patterns. Organic farming is optimal to the environment as it’s based on holistically producing food which benefits and enhances a healthy ecosystem. Crops are rotated which encourage microbial soil diversity. By using natural fertilisers (composting, worm fertiliser etc) instead of artificial alternatives, heavy metals are greatly reduced. Healthy soil/eco system equates to healthy produce. These are some of the reasons why more people are turning to organic food as a staple in their diet. A lessened impact on the environment, reduced chance of contracting allergies, cardiovascular diseases and other health issues such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. Decreased herbicide/pesticide exposure, and a reduction in antibiotic resistance. Last but not least, the health benefits of having higher antioxidant levels of omega -3 fatty acids in the diet. Best wishes. Bren.