STAND UP FOR HEALTHY FOOD
PROBLEM: Americans don’t invest enough in growing healthy and organic food.
The U.S. invests more in growing conventional food than organic, exposing us to pesticides that make us sick and causing companies to rely on imported organic food to meet growing demand.
Here are the key facts:
Less than 1 percent of our farmland is dedicated to growing organic crops, despite the surging demand for organic food and increased concerns about the impact of pesticide use on our health.
Many of the pesticides commonly sprayed on conventional crops have been linked to a number of serious health issues, including cancer and reproductive problems. Yet, their use by total volume continues to grow.
In many parts of the country, toxic crop chemicals are often detected in drinking water, and the government’s own tests regularly find pesticide residues on most conventional produce – even after it has been thoroughly washed.
Why is there so little farmland set aside for healthy fruit and vegetables and organic produce? Our food and farm policies aren’t adequately investing in organic.
Most government assistance flows to the few largest agribusinesses to grow things like corn and soy. Net result? Not enough organic food to meet U.S. consumer demand.
SOLUTION: It’s time to invest more in food better for our health and less in the pesticide industry.
We can counter abundant pesticide use by diverting some of our tax dollars from supporting chemically intensive conventional crops to supporting organic agriculture, giving farmers greater incentives and assistance to ease the transition to organic production.
If we invest in growing organic, we can protect our environment and make homegrown organic food more accessible for more Americans. That means more clean, healthy food for our families – grown right here in the United States – and fewer pesticides in our air, drinking water and our own bodies.