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Is Organic Really Better?

OrganicsIs the superiority of organic food just a marketing ploy, or is organic really better for you? Scientists at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom recently completed the largest study of its kind, and they have a verdict: Organic food is, in fact, more nutritious than food grown conventionally.

The scientists at Newcastle reviewed 343 studies that compared conventional to organically grown food. They found that organic grains, fruits and vegetables are higher in nutrition, and therefore better for you. The reviewers noted that the quality of studies has improved greatly over the years, resulting in much more reliable conclusions.

In organic farming, crops are not grown with synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Organics are not genetically modified. They increase biodiversity, conserve resources, and help support the ecological balance. In the United States, the quality of organic growing is controlled by strict government regulation. In actuality, “organic” is the word that defines food grown the way crops have traditionally been grown, and animals raised, prior to the time corporations took control of the food supply.

Plants grown conventionally have access to high levels of synthetic nitrogen, and convert the extra resources into production of sugars and starches. Consequently, at harvest, the plant will often have lower levels of other nutrients, including vital antioxidants. Plants grown organically cannot rely on pesticides; in order to protect themselves, they develop higher levels of antioxidants.

Among those antioxidants are phytochemicals such as phenols and polyphenols, which work to prevent the diseases associated with oxidative damage, such as cardiovascular disease, strokes and some cancers. The study shows that organics contain 20 to 40 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown crops. In addition, the level of pesticides present in conventionally-grown foods is four times higher than in organic foods, and whatever pesticides have been used in organic growing are natural, not synthetic.

Because synthetic fertilizers are used in conventional farming, those crops also absorb very high levels of cadmium. According to the study, “Cadmium (Cd), a by-product of zinc production, is one of the most toxic elements to which man can be exposed at work or in the environment.”

Currently, organic foods are somewhat more expensive than conventionally-grown foods. The results of this study show that organics provide denser nutrition, meaning we need to consume less volume to receive the same nutrition.

In the United States, with our free market economy, consumer demand drives production and pricing. The more organic food we buy, the more profitable organic farming will become, and the more organic food we will see in our supermarkets.

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  • Snowcat007

    Organic grown food is the way is the way God intended it to be, to work in harmony the way he made us. In other words “Natural”.
    Personally, I find it a durn shame we have to pay more for foods grown the way they were intended.
    I also am weary of those in this world who simply want to cash in on organic or as I prefer to call them Natural Real Foods, by simply sticking an organic label on a GMO produced food.

    Just the other day I purchased organic onions at my local krogers, when I got home I viewed my receipt and noticed I was charged the price for the GMO type, which was considerably cheaper. Did I go back and try to explain the error, no. Why, because they don’t see or understand the difference, nor care for that matter.
    Which makes me wonder if maybe I may be the one being duped here?

    Honesty and integrity have been sold out to the highest bidder these days, which unfortunately opens up a door of great doubt. Which is why I am doing my best to buy from local farmers and grow what I like myself.

    • cneubauer

      You don’t see the hypocrisy in your statement ” honesty and integrity have been sold out?” Go do the honest thing and pay for what you received.

    • Snowcat007

      Cneubauer, I did go back because you are right it is the right thing to do. Guess what the gal told me? It’s fine she didn’t see any difference! Plus it was something she was not familiar in doing. *(taking money for an undercharge).
      I’ll stick with the farmers markets from now on, who know the difference.