Is Organic The Answer?

There has been an ongoing argument about whether or not organic foods are worth the price, and the real benefits of going organic. It is especially controversial among new parents, wanting the best for their young children. The definition of organic (when relating to food) means to be grown with out the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. This also means that if you get an ingredient form an animal, that animal may not be given antibiotics or growth hormones. So what are the benefits of organic foods? Although there is no DEFINITE answer as to is organic food more nutritious recent studies have shown that in many cases organic foods have had more nutritional value than that of conventional food. In a recent study of Tomatoes at the University of California, organic tomatoes had higher levels of phytochemicals (biologically active compounds found in plants) and vitamin C then did the conventional tomatoes. Another benefit of organic foods is that the growth of organic foods reduces the toxic load as it keeps chemicals out of the air, water, and most importantly our bodies. It is also believed organic food tastes better. Of course this is an opinion and has no factual evidence, but over the years gourmet chefs are increasingly going completely organic. For more reasons to go organic you can check out the Top 10 Reasons To Go Organic. Although there seem to be benefits of organic, there isn't much strong evidence to persuade people to go organic. It is especially hard to make going organic appealing when the prices of organic foods are more expensive then conventional foods. However I believe that the more expensive the food the more nutritional and desirable the food must be. Take McDonalds for example, their food is extremely cheap and the reason is they use unhealthy substitutes to make their food. The final point I will leave you with to think about is this...
this is what the people wear when spraying your food with pesticides. These pesticides are obviously harmful or they wouldn't need this much protection from it. Is that really what you want to be consumung?


I completely agree with you on this topic. While there isn't much data to support organic food being healthier, you have to sit back and wonder whether or not those pesticides are healthy to ingest. While the FDA regulates the pesticide amount that can be on any type of food, should we really ingest the pesticides in the first place? Also, cattle and livestock are fed large doses of hormones to speed up their growth. While this may be acceptable under the FDA's rules, most people would never directly take those hormones. So why is it acceptable to feed it to cows which we then eat? Just some food for thought.

Thoughts on the recent Stanford study

I also agree with you on this topic. I've been pretty much raised on organic foods, and I can definitely taste the difference between organic and non-organic foods. I've also heard that adding hormones to meat and other foods can lead to early puberty in girls, cancer, and other problems. Here's an article that tells more about it.

I've been really skeptical about the whole organic food hype until recently when i saw the documentary Food Inc. It was pretty shocking to see what they do with everything we buy in stores. Something around 75% of what we eat is made of corn in some shape way or form because it is so cheap. After watching that documentary, i've been frequenting Trader Joes a lot more, whichis an organic market. Its interesting to find that trader Joes is in some ways less expensive than normal food you would buy in wegmans. Everything in it i organic. I also agree that you can taste the difference between organic and inorganic. For some people, when they begin to notice that difference, they don't go back to normal store bough food.

I've been meaning to post a blog on this topic! This past summer, I went on an organic kick merely for the reason that it's a trendy thing to do nowadays, (and my healthfreak self felt it was a good choice) but I was honestly completely uninformed about the benefits going organic might have.

So first of all thank you for informing me the qualities foods must have to be considered "organic", but your article got me interested and decided to search for myself to learn more about the difference between organic food and conventional (non organic) food. This online info article has an abundance of information on the differences, including an easy to read chart. From what I have gathered, I feel much more confident eating organic-grown foods, they require much less (in fact zero) harmful chemicals to be made. The only uneasy fact I learned from it was that organic plants are grown with cow manure as opposed to chemical fertilizers used for conventionally grown foods--not sure which I'd prefer.

This brings it back to home for me. My mother is a crazy vegan and gets fresh vegetables delivered to the house weekly. And while they taste much better and IM SURE are much, much healthier, it can get pretty pricey! You can go into Whole Food with $100 dollars to spend... and walk out with 6 healthy fruits and/or vegetables. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. Honestly though, I think the price might be worth it. They're are so many different cancers about today that must be related to the food we eat somehow. It's scary to think how our food is being altered. But thanks to the mother I'm finally eating the way I should. (she takes at least a half hour to wash the vegetables everyday)

Heres a link she sent me about GMOs or genetically modified foods. But you should absolutely take the time to look at how corn is used in our food as well, because it's in WAY more than you think.

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