Over the past decade, organic has really taken off. What started as a niche movement has matured into a celebrated and robust segment of the U.S. food economy. According to a recent Organic Trade Association study,
78 percent of American families now buy organic foods, raising organic’s share of total U.S. food sales to just over 4 percent in 2011.
There are so many benefits to buying organic foods: no harmful additives, no synthetic pesticides, and no growth hormones, plus more nutrition from higher antioxidant content, to name a few. Whether you’re deeply committed to eating organic whenever possible or just try to buy it when you can, read on to discover some less-obvious reasons you might choose organic, and the surprising impacts those purchases have on your health, your family’s well-being, and the planet.