7 Shocking Reasons to Go Organic

Still not sold on organic? This list will help you see the light.

By Leah Zerbe and Emily Main

Improve your health and the health of the environment by switching to organic food.

The commonsense eating option.

You probably already know that choosing organic food helps protect your family from toxic pesticide residues commonly found on fruit and veggie skins. But there are much broader benefits to choosing organic, too, including feeding the world. In fact, in 2008, the United Nations found that African farmers who switched from chemical to organic systems enjoyed double the yield in many instances. Last year, the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organic research institution, wrapped up a 30-year, side-by-side trial of chemical and organic crops. In normal years, both types of farming created about the same amount of food. In years of drought, though, organic came out on top. 

Organic also makes perfect sense when it comes to your household dinners. If you’re dealing with family members who don’t see the benefits of eating organic—or if you still don’t see the point—read on for some inspiration.

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Photo: Rodale Images