The Benefits of Organic Gardening

Learn the benefits of organic gardening, via SustainableBabySteps.com

Environmental and personal health are the two main benefits of organic gardening that are gaining popularity. Despite the misconceptions it is by far the best option for every aspect. Below we'll look at the various ways in which going organic in your yard and garden will benefit you and the world.

Health Benefits of Organic Gardening

Do you know that chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers have been linked to:

  • Breast cancer
  • Damaged brain function
  • Birth defects
  • Parkinson's
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Miscarriages
  • Prostate cancer
  • Infertility
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • And much, much more...1

You can read more about how pesticides in our environment are affecting human health, as well as the dangers of pesticides here.

The Environmental Benefits of Organic Gardening

When considering organic gardening, we have to consider the environmental impact of conventional gardening.

Many studies have been done about the mixture of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Each report shows serious immune, hormonal or neurological impacts of the current toxicity levels of our groundwater.73

Pesticides are also nondiscriminatory, meaning they kill beneficial insects as well as harmful ones. Harmful chemicals are thought to be a possible cause to bee colony collapse, and affect butterflies and other pollinators necessary to grow food.

Along with chemical fertilizers, fertilizers are thought to contribute to a decrease in plant food nutrients81, 82, which affect all species. And because of the nondiscriminatory way in which these chemicals work, we may have yet to discover how much they are affecting animals directly.

Why Organic Gardening Works

Most people use pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers because bee flying in an organic flower gardenthey don't feel they have an option. But few stop to ask why the same insects or diseases aren't a serious threat in Nature.

Most common gardening issues are caused simply by how we garden.

The benefits of organic gardening come with working with our environment. Nature spreads things out, intermingling varieties of trees with shrubs and flowers. Humans, however, create monocultures: buffets of one type of plant, appealing both to ourselves and of course, insects.

Consider this:

  • Creating hedgerows of roses provides a smorgasbord for aphids (and their ant enablers) to set up house.
  • Planting our vegetables in one area is like waving a welcome flag to critters, insects and animals to take notice.
  • Fungus and disease spread more quickly when they can easily jump from one species to a nearly identical co-species.

When we lay out a feast, it is only natural that insects and disease take advantage of the opportunity to eat and breed.

But interspersing plant types and varieties, dense plantings, the use of companion planting and the support of natural systems slows down the spread of disease and can create environments in which trouble has no space to start.

Organic gardening mimics Nature, which is why it works.

Those Against Organic Gardening

It's as simple as this: Big companies can't make big money by leaving Nature alone.

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Companies like Monsanto don't make millions when gardeners collect, save and share their seeds; they make millions by producing genetically-modified and patented seed that must be repurchased year after year and treated with chemicals. (Go to Millions Against Monsanto to learn more about this critical issue.)

Oil companies don't benefit from compost and companion planting; they benefit by mass-producing petroleum-based pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides that create resistant pests, decreased soil fertility and an endless cycle of their commercial inputs.

Don't let Big Business tell you how to garden. Don't let them downplay the benefits of organic gardening. Tell them with your dollar how you would like them to change!

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