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Buying Organic Food
By Dr. Alan Greene

Let’s all pull together to build the market for organic foods! If we each demand more organically grown foods on our store shelves, farmers and food companies will work together to supply them. And if organic food consumption rises from its current level of 3 percent to 10 percent of total food sales by the year 2010, the environmental impact will be enormous. We will have done the following:

  • Eliminated pesticides from about 98 million servings of drinking water per day across the U.S. population.
  • Ensured that 20 million servings of milk per day are produced without anti­biotics and genetically modified growth hormone
  • Ensured that 53 million servings of fruits and vegetables each day are free of pesticide residues. (This is enough to give 10 million kids five servings of fruit and vegetables each day.)

  • Ensured that 915 million animals are treated more humanely.

  • Eliminated use of growth hormones, genetically engineered drugs and feeds, and 2.5 million pounds of antibiotics used on livestock annually (more than twice the amount of antibiotics used to treat human infections).

  • Captured an additional 6.5 billion pounds of carbon in soil (the amount emitted per year by 2 million cars driven 12,000 miles).
  • Eliminated 2.9 billion barrels of imported oil annually (equal to 406,000 Olympic eight-lane competition pools).
  • Restored 25,800 square miles of degraded soils to rich, highly productive cropland (an amount of land equal to the size of West Virginia).

Source: Mission Organic ( ).




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