Eating Organic: Are Organic Fruits & Vegetables Worth the Extra Money?
In the current modern world we live in, we have the fortunate (or unfortunate) situation of having many options to how we spend our hard earned dollars for, hopefully, the best product.
Now let us discuss food selection. The healthy people in your lives will advise you to eat more fruits and veggies to improve your well-being. No argument there, let’s start by having an apple. You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Whilst navigating through the grocery store, you are faced with many choices: Fuji Apples, Granny Smith, Pink Lady and many more. Fuji Apple sounds good, let’s choose this one. Standing in front of the Fuji apples, you are proposed with yet another choice- Organic Fuji apple or Non-Organic Fuji Apple? The organic apple is more expensive, smaller and not as colorful as the non-organic apple. Looks can be deceiving, & in this case, the smaller option may actually be the best choice.
Is organic certification worth the extra money for what seems to be a visually inferior product? The answer is in the details that you cannot see.
Organic Foods are never genetically modified
Genetically modifying food is a relatively recent development and its safety data is not fully established. Instead of being part of the big food corporations’ experimental subjects, why not enjoy food the way mother nature intended? Free of any genetical modifications. This is reason why non-organic version of fruits are typically larger, more colorful and cost less.
Organic Foods are free of synthetic pesticides or herbicides
Neurotoxins based chemicals designed to kill insects and pesticides are commonly used in most non-organic farming. They are used very liberally and in large amounts. Meaning, that it’s nearly impossible to wash off, because they are deeply present in the skins and pores of the produce themselves. The best way to avoid consuming neurotoxins, is to consume products that are certified to not have them in the first place.
Organic Foods are never exposed to irradiation
Food irradiation is designed to save cost and kill off pathogenic microorganisms. Unfortunately, this application will also eliminate the friendly, naturally-occurring microorganisms that contribute to the overall nutrition. It will seem that Food Irradiation is for the safety of the consumer, however, there is a twist. One of the most common reasons for this process to take occur is to extend the shelf life of the produce.
Organic Farming is better for the environment
Organic farming focuses on sustainability and without the use of harsh chemicals. In contrast to non-organic commercial farming, organic farms are safer for the land, animals, workers and crops. The common use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in conventional farming can create run-off and pollute our groundwater. This is not the case with organic farming practices, as it uses natural farming aids like compost and manure.