Maybe a better question is "Why not buy organic?" Would you really rather purchase goods that have been produced at great expense to people and planet? Here are three good reasons to support people who are putting in the hard work to nurture the earth that sustains our lives.
The pesticides and herbicides that are used in mainstream production can lead to allergies and even cancers. What's more, pesticides can end up in the food chain, even if they were originally used on non-food crops such as cotton. By purchasing organic and wild-harvested products, you support a better, cleaner alternative that helps preserve biodiversity.
The World Health Organization estimates that globally at least three million people are poisoned by pesticides every year, and more than 200,000 die, many of them farm workers. Pesticides and herbicides are expensive too, so many poor farming families are driven deeper into debt and despair.
Organic farming is most often carried out on a small scale on family farms and cooperatives. They care deeply about their land, the soil, preserving water quality and biodiversity. It generates employment and offers a planet-friendly alternative to mega-agribusiness. Who would you rather support?
A little about Baladarshan: Baladarshan is a Fair Trade Organisation marketing the products of Chennai slum women working through the SPEED foundation.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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