|In the short term, it might appear cheaper to use poisons and chemicals than to use organic farming methods. But scientists say that non-organic farming costs us at least $10 billion every year in health care, environmental cleanup and other hidden costs. We can't afford to farm and eat this way for long.
Non-organic farming is quickly damaging the natural world around us. For example, synthetic fertilizers leach into our rivers and streams, creating huge "dead zones" in our oceans.
Organic farmers don't use toxic persistent pesticides on their crops, so they aren't poisoning our water, soil and food supply. Plus, organic foods may be more nutritious - for instance, research has shown that organic oranges have 30% more vitamin C than the average orange.