Luscious as my lovely lettuce looks, the jury is still out when it comes to organic produce.
Organic is Nutritious:
- Organic food is safe: pesticides are intended to kills other living organisms, do we really want them in our bodies?
- Pesticides and chemicals have also been linked to infertility problems in males and females.
- An organic diet increases consumption of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
- Keeps our water clean: yucky, poison-laden surface water runoff from non-organic farms and other non-organic food operations can deposit pesticides into lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
- Sympathy for your steak: organic livestock are more likely to be treated better than non-organic livestock.
- Save the soil: Conservation tillage, cover crops, windbreaks and other sustainable farming methods used on organic farms help control soil erosion.
- One study shows that sustainable farming methods may use 23% to 56% less fossil energy than conventional farming methods.
- You’re more likely to get fresher flavor with organic\
Organic is Fictitious:
- Our food system is carefully regulated, whether it is organic or not.
- Scientists cannot easily make direct links between pesticide residues or additives and risks to human health.
- Organic food is more expensive.
- Growing organic is less efficient, requiring more space.
- There is no conclusive evidence that organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food.
I’m all for saving the environment, and all for saving money. Usually the two are symbiotic, but not in this case.
Luckily, not all the food we buy need be organic, and you research can help us prioritize our organic shopping lists… The next post in this series will do just that.