The Truth about Organic Food

By | 02/20/2017

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One thing people know for sure about organic food is that it usually comes at a higher price than everyday fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. Up to this point, there has been little scientific evidence proving any substantial benefits of organic foods. However, in recent years it has become clearer that organic foods have various health and environmental benefits.

Pesticides are a danger to the ecosystem around the farms they are used in, however, these dangerous chemicals also travel. Studies have shown that pesticides can travel up to 100 kilometers out of the farm. Because these pesticides travel great distances they have become a great danger to many different species, some not even living close by.

Another chemical used by conventional farmers is found in fertilizers. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers to eliminate the plant’s exposure to man-made elements, like ammonia salts. Some will plant beans which naturally makes the soil richer in nitrogen. Using natural methods cuts down on the pollution associated with using chemicals nitrogen and phosphorus in the liquid form. The liquid chemicals leak out of the farm and pollute the environment.

Organic and non-organic foods have no real difference in terms of nutritional value. However, in recent studies organic food has shown to have about 17 percent more antioxidants than conventional food. Antioxidants aren’t shown on nutrition labels; however, they have considerable health benefits. There have been links between eating foods rich in antioxidants and having a low risk of diseases like cancer.

Not all organic foods have more nutrients than the conventional substitute. For nutrient-denser foods, such as organic berries, there are much larger differences between the different types. Nutrient-denser foods in the organic form are typically healthier. However, his studies found that it usually depends on which food product your examining since sometimes the conventional item can show higher nutritional values than its organic substitute. It really just depends. 

So what are you waiting for? Start buying organic plants and herbs and be the change you wish to see.