The best reason for buying organic food is simply that it tastes extremely good but, undoubtedly, there are also sound health reasons for doing so.
It is environmentally friendly.
It is produced without GMO's, which are prohibited within the Soil Association Standards for Organic Food and Farming.
It is produced without the routine use of antibiotics and growth-promoting drugs.
It reduces dependence on non-renewable resources.
There has not been a case of BSE in any herd which has been in full organic management since before 1985.
It relies on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotation to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.
Genetic alterations of this magnitude have never occurred before in the 5 billion year history of life on our planet.
The genetic material from engineered crops can spread (genetic drift) to affect other plants and animals.
The biotech industry is well aware that the North American public would reject any food labeled as genetically engineered. Industry polls have indicated that 80 to 95 percent of North Americans would reject these products if labeled.
US Government regulators are calling genetically engineered food "substantially equivalent" to natural food, but are not requiring substantial testing. Because the concept of "substantial equivalence" has no scientific dimensions, it cannot be used as a predictor of which genetically engineered foods will require substantial safety testing in animals, in humans and in the ecosystems of the planet.
Already, people have died. In 1989, Showa Denko K.K. marketed tryptophan that had been produced in genetically engineered bacteria as a nutritional supplement in the USA. When this product was placed on the market, it made thousands of consumers ill. Of these, 1,500 people were permanently disabled and 37 people died.
Scientists cannot answer the $64,000 question: If some time in the future we realize that the harm any one of the millions of GMO's pose is unacceptable, how do we recall it?
Nature always bats last. We humans can't circumvent 5 billion years of evolution with a clever new lab technique that promises to make a few people very, very rich.
Just Say "NO" to GMO's