Is Organic Fertilizer Better for My Health?

Why Organic Fertilizer is Important to Your Health

Switching to organic fertilizer for your lawn and garden may not seem like it would make much difference, but it is one important step to improving the physical health of you and your family. Along with your own health, the environmental health of the landscape, both in your own yard and in your region, is affected. If you are already using organic fertilizer, you may be ready to go even further by not using chemical herbicides and pesticides. There are many reasons to opt for organic foods, gardens and landscapes.

Environmental Health

Organic fertilizers contribute to a healthier ecosystem in your yard, neighborhood and region. Your own landscape will become healthier as organics build up the quality of your soil, growing better ornamental plants without potentially harmful chemicals. The organic matter in these fertilizers, whether it is composted manure or plant byproducts, is known to improve the soil system, adding slow release nutrients and helping with the physical structure of the soil.

Organic fertilizer is better for the animal life in your community. High levels of nutrients in runoff from lawns treated with chemical fertilizer pollutes water systems, harming fish and other aquatic creatures. Birds, butterflies and bees will be healthier, too, particularly if you do not use herbicides or pesticides. As major pollinators of many food crops, bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. All of these pollutants and toxic chemicals are known to work their way up the food chain.

Safer Food

Food safety is a major concern these days. More and more consumers opt for organic fruits and vegetables when they have the choice. Organic foods will not have pesticide or herbicide residues. Even if you wash your foods and prepare meals and snacks safely, you will feel better eating food you know was grown without causing harm to the environment.

Healthier Food

Many people believe that organic food, whether it is organically raised beef or a simple carrot, tastes better than food produced by conventional methods. While the evidence, for the most part, used to be anecdotal, newer studies are starting to support claims that organic food is healthier. Recent research found that organic fertilizer, which contains a wider range of micronutrients than commercial fertilizers, produced food with higher levels of antioxidants.

In addition, grass-fed beef has been shown to have less fat and better ratios of good to bad cholesterol than meat raised on factory farms. Science is now starting to support claims that organic farmers have made for years. It really is healthier to use organic fertilizers.

With all kinds of environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals in the world around us, it makes sense to try and reduce the risks of exposure to harmful elements. From something as simple as requesting organic fertilizers from The Gardener’s weekly lawn service to buying grass-fed, organic beef and pesticide-free apples, choosing organic options can mean a healthier family and a healthier landscape. Start your shift toward an organic lifestyle from the ground up, using organic fertilizer for all of your gardening and landscape needs. Contact your local Gardener to get started today.

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