Many people view organic vegetable gardening as something that only benefits the environment or that is really expensive. The reality is that organic gardening can be cheaper than chemical based gardening and is much
safer for you and your family.
There are several reasons to use organic gardening techniques. These reasons normally fall into two intertwined categories: good for the environment or good for us.
While these might seem like silly or "green" reasons, they are actually very important to our quality of life and to our ability to effectively, and cheaply, grow our vegetables.
Organic Vegetable Gardening Doesn't Use Poisonous Chemicals
Pesticides and herbicides have one purpose, to kill things. If these chemicals could be constrained to the garden they are used on they wouldn't be nearly as big of an issue. However, these chemicals get caught up in the air you breath, soak into your water supply, are absorbed by your vegetables (which you then eat) and stick around on your plants for weeks, if not months. Here is a story about the effect pesticides can have on animals
. While this story focuses on large applications of pesticides, even the little amount used in your garden will be enough to hurt your pets and children, as well as any wildlife in the area.
The other reason to avoid pesticides and herbicides is that they kill the microbes in your garden soil. You spend extra money on the premium soil, mix in expensive compost, spend all this time perfecting your soil, and then you spray it with chemicals that kills all the beneficial organisms you just spent money on. It also saps nutrients from the soil and locks them up so your plants can't get to them.
Just to reiterate, the chemicals you use get in the air, in the water, and on your garden, and anything that touches them can suffer from the long-term effects of these chemicals including "neurological problems like tremors, depression and fatigue, respiratory problems, cancers, degeneration of the retina, longer-than-average menstrual cycles, and reproductive issues". (Journal of Pesticide Reform, Summer 2006) And on top of that, it ruins the soil in your garden.
Organic Vegetable Gardening is Cheaper
All those safety concerns are one thing, but in addition to them, all those chemicals you buy are expensive! Using organic gardening techniques will save you a lot of money in the long run. It's hard to find something that is better for you and your family, better for the environment, and cheaper!
Organic Vegetables and Fruits Taste Better
Even when you thoroughly wash a vegetable that was sprayed with chemicals it still retains some aftertaste of the chemicals. This is because vegetables suck nutrients up our of the soil and when the soil has chemicals in it they will also suck up the chemicals. Organically grown vegetables don't have this problem and have a nice, clean taste to show for it.