Ten Good Reasons To Buy
The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii supports and
recommends the use of Organic Foods whenever possible. Keeping our
Vegetarian diet free of impurities is consistent with our path of optimum
health through fresh, clean, and healthy plant foods.
- Organic products meet stringent
standards. Organic certification is the public's assurance that products
have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without
persistent toxic chemicals.
- Organic food tastes. great! It's
common sense - well balanced soils grow strong healthy plants which
- Organic production reduces health
risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before
extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases.
Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals
from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.
- Organic farming does not allow
genetically engineered methods. Genetic engineering is being rejected by
the European Union, Japan, and many other Nations around the World as
unsafe for human health and the environment.
- Organic farms respect our water
resources. The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching,
done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water
- Organic farmers build soil. Soil is
the primary focus of organic farming. We're facing the worst topsoil
erosion in history due to chemical intensive, mono-crop farming.
- Organic farmers work in harmony with
nature. Organic agriculture respects the balance demanded of a healthy
ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation
and by retaining fencd rows, wetlands and other natural areas.
- Organic producers strive to preserve
diversity. The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one
of our most pressing environmental concerns. Organic farmers and
gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual
varieties for decades.
- Organic producers cannot use
sewerage sludge, irradiation, or preservatives.
- Organic growers are leaders in
innovative research, promote organic abundance, while keeping rural
communities healthy. Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their
own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at minimizing the
impact agriculture has on the environment. Now every food category has
an organic alternative, and even non-food crops such as cotton are being
Mahalo to David L. Bourgoin who requested
that the VSH take a position on this matter.