A human resources professional with more two decades of experience, Tanya Taupier serves as the executive director of human resources for Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut. Tanya Taupier maintains an interest in healthy eating and organic foods lacking in genetically modified organisms. Organic foods offer a number of benefits, including:
1. No harmful additives or chemicals. Organic foods typically lack additives, hormones, and other potentially harmful chemicals often found in conventional foods. Crops use natural fertilizers like manure or compost in place of synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers, and animals raised for food do not receive growth hormones. Furthermore, the organic label necessitates livestock receive access to outdoor environments and prevents disease though requirements for healthy diets and clean housing.
2. Lower pesticide levels. To control pests and weeds, conventional farming methods use herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, which may leave behind residue on foods consumed by humans. Organic farming practices rely on more natural weed- and pest-control methods, such as hand weeding and the introduction of predatory birds and insects.
3. Richer nutrients. A 2016 European study found that organic meats and milk possess higher levels of certain nutrients than their conventionally farmed counterparts. For instance, the study found that organic milk and meat products contained up to 50 percent more of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.
4. Better for the environment. Often focused on sustainability, organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, and improve soil quality. Furthermore, because organic farming uses fewer pesticides and harmful chemicals, it poses less of a risk to nearby wildlife.