Suvi KesäläinenThe Case For Organic forthculture Body & Wellness, Health A healthy plant grows from healthy soil. CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCTS take a wholistic approach that links together soil, plants, animals, food, people, environment and health. They are grown, processed and manufactured without the use of harmful ingredients such as synthetic chemicals, fertilizers and GMOs. The certified organic stamp of approval is backed by a fully traceable system from paddock to plate and carries strict regulation requirements. The system was put in place to protect consumers, farmers and businesses alike from prolific greenwashing tactics and false industry claims. When shopping for produce or skincare products look for the following accredited certifications: ACO USDA Ecocert / COSMOS IFOAM Health Certified organic products are more nutritionally-dense and many studies have shown they contain more health-promoting constituents such as polyphenols and antioxidants. They are also free of chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides and herbicides that contribute to the overall toxic burden on the body. Environmental Integrity Organic agricultural practices do not disrupt natural ecosystems with the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Natural ecological processes are utilized in all organic farming practices, which helps to reduce chemical run off and waterway pollution. This in turn decreases the effect of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Organic farmers are in the habit of rotating crops, which keeps soil nutrients and microbial life in healthy balance for the next planting. It also promotes land restoration and fertility which repairs damaged soil and promotes biodiversity. What’s more, organic practices help to conserve water consumption, as strong soils have greater moisture content. This makes crops more resilient in times of drought and other extreme climate conditions. Biodiversity Organic farms are a wildlife sanctuary and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. Wildlife is 50% more abundant and supports a third more species. Organic farming infrastructure through banks, hedgerows, ponds and grasslands also provide vital habitats for animals. Flora and fauna coexist harmoniously with greater wild flower coverage and 75% more plants species. Animal Welfare Organic standards stipulate that all animals are to live, grow and breed in their natural environment within group sizes appropriate to their species. They are not treated with growth hormones, antibiotics or any synthetic chemicals. GMO-Free Certified organic products prohibit the use of genetically-modified ingredients. Little is known about their effect on the human body over the long term and many weeds and pests can become resistant to chemical sprays over time. This increases the use of chemical sprays on crops instead of reducing it, which is detrimental to the environment and soil health.