January 10 – Choose Organic
Generally when we think of organically grown, thoughts of food come to mind. For good reason, the push for organic, non-gmo foods is growing rapidly with the most popular food items being fruits and vegetables. According to the Nutrition Business Journal, U.S. organic products reached an estimated $28.4 billion in sales in 2012—over 4 percent of total food sales—and surpassed an estimated $35 billion in 2014. This is significant growth in a 2 year period that has continued to increase yearly (U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service).
People are becoming more concerned with the things they put in and on their bodies. They want to rest-assured their foods and other goods come with as few harmful chemicals as possible. As the organic industry grows, people are interested in more than just the foods they eat. They’re also concerned with other items that are based in agriculture. For example textiles, lotions, and house cleaners. In fact, the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Industry Surveyannounced the total for organic products sales reached a record high of $43.3 billion in 2015. Choosing organic products has major benefits at an individual, community, and global level. The more consumers support organic goods, the more we’ll see on the market. So put your money where your heart is and choose organic whenever you can.
Quote of the Day:
“I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food.”
Song of the Day:
Jubilee by Elizabeth Mitchell