We looked at the basics of organic food in my previous post. The organic-food business is booming, despite the fact that organic foods can cost more than double the price of conventional foods. A Harris poll conducted in October 2007 found that about 30% of Americans buy organic food at least on some occasion, and believe it is safer, better for the environment and a healthier choice. According to a recent report of Organic Trade Association, in 2006, sales of organic foods and beverages were about $16.7 billion. I took a deep dive into research on organic food to decide Organic products as a choice for my family’s diet and budget. Here is the information in a nutshell that may help you to make a healthy choice for your family.
Is organic food worth to purchase?
Pesticides effect: Conventionally farmers use pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases that can leave residue on product. With the use of organic food, your chances of getting pesticide residues are much less.
Researchers studied pesticide content in more than 94,000 food samples and 20 different crops. They found that organically grown crops consistently reduced pesticide residues by about one-third as compared to the conventionally grown versions.
Environment safety: Organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil unlike conventional farming. This may be the reason some people prefer organic food for environmental safety.
Quality and appearance: Organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods. Though, you may have noticed that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster because they aren’t treated with waxes or preservatives.
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Nutrition content: In spite of numerous research there is no convincing evidence that shows that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Even USDA doesn’t claim that organic products are safer or more nutritious than conventional products. You can read about nutrition content in more details in my post.
Cost: Organic products typically cost 10 to 50% or more than similar conventionally produced products. Prices are higher because organic produce is produced on a smaller scale, and may need to be milled or processed separately. Furthermore, there is an increase in shipping costs from more centralized production in otherwise regional markets.
Now after reading the article what do you think about adding the organic food in your diet? I actually found, the only reason to purchase organic food over conventional food is presence of low level of pesticide content. I think jury is still out, how much pesticide is on the conventional food and how much is harmful for the body. More-over, it is always recommended to wash conventional fruits and vegetables before consuming them. You even have an option of peeling skin off from some products before consuming. As far as I think conventional foods also adhere on the guidelines of Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and have well below the pesticide content as per standards.
I welcome your suggestions in choice of organic food or conventional food? I firmly believe that more heads we can put together, better decision we can make. I completely understand that it can be a tough choice for you, whether to go for organic or conventional food, especially in this economy, where budget is tight and you would like to keep your family healthy within a stipulated budget. In my next article, I would like to discuss the differences in nutritional value between organic and conventional food, which might make your job somewhat easier in choosing a healthy option. Till then, Healthy choosing!!