Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What if your food purchases could?

What if your food purchases could?
  • Assure 53 million servings of fruits and vegetables each day are free of pesticide residues. (Enough to give 10 million kids five servings of fruit and vegetables each day).
  • Eliminate 2.5 million pounds of antibiotic used on livestock annually. (More than twice the amount used to treat human infections.)
  • Capture an additional 6.5 billion pounds of carbon in soil. (The amount emitted per year by 2 million cars driven for 12,000 miles.)
  • Eliminate 2.9 billion barrels of imported oil annually. (The amount of equal to 406,000 Olympic eight-lane competition pools.)
To "go organic" means better health for you and your family, the humane treatment of animals and the restoration and preservation of our Earth. But how much of an impact can you personally make by purchasing organic food? Currently organic food consumption is at about 2% of total sales. If Americans can increase that percentage to 10 percent by the year 2010, the increase will markedly improve the health of millions of people, especially infants, children and the elderly. Evidence is mounting that combinations of pesticides, food additives and growth hormones found in the common American diet can exponentially increase health risks.