2016-03-11 / Letters

Organic food is healthier

To the editor:

There are many reasons why we should eat organic food. Organic farmers take care of our environment by keeping chemicals out of the air, soil and crops. They don’t process products with genetically modified organisms. They feed their animals natural diets, which makes them richer in vitamins and lower in fat.

Despite the benefits, organic food is overlooked by the government. The government offers more aid to big, non-organic farms because they grow large amounts of inexpensive food. Organic food is more expensive to grow and maintain, which can make it less accessible. If it is hard for you to afford organic food, you can use your food stamps at places such as Hannaford and local farmers markets.

There are multiple ways to support organic farmers. First, write a letter to your representatives to help farmers in Maine get government subsidies. This will drive the price of organic food lower and give our farmers an opportunity to grow more organic food. In addition, it will give poor families easy access to farmers markets and higher quality food. My last recommendation is to join the Local Sprouts Cooperative. Local Sprouts is located at 649 Congress St. in Portland. They hold meetings where you can learn about the benefits of organic food. They are open every day and you can contact them at 899-3529.

If you are not a consumer of organic food, I hope this letter gets your attention and helps you to be more mindful about what you put in your body. If you already shop organically, please continue.

Your choice affects our community and our future generations as well.

Hayde Seddiqi Afghanistan

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