Organic IngredientsI strongly recommend the use of organic ingredients, especially organic garlic, wherever possible. Organic ingredients do cost more but I think it's worth it. This page briefly outlines the reasons why.
For more information about organic ingredients, see the Organic Materials Review Institute (USA) or The Soil Association (UK). If you're interested in taking organics futher you might want to consider household products such as an organic mattress.
There's no scientific evidence I'm aware of, yet all the anecdotal evidence is that organic foods usually taste better than the intensively farmed versions. Certainly organic onions, organic mushrooms and - of course - organic garlic all seem to benefit.
All intensively farmed crops contain residues of artificial pesticides, etc. It's important to stress that these are technically safe and (usually) fall within internationally accepted levels. However some of us don't want any artifical contamination of our food. Organic Standards forbid or strictly limit the use of artificial pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
The issue of artificial pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers clearly has a massive effect on the environment. Organic standards support the environment by forbidding or strictly limiting their use. Instead, organic standards promote traditional farming methods such as crop rotation.
There is curently a wide debate about the future of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) otherwise known as GM crops or transgenic crops. I strongly support the view that these should be banned and not grown in the wild or allowed to enter the food chain at the present time. Organic standards prohibit the use of GMOs.