We’ve all been there. Standing in the produce section of the grocery store, staring at all of the options and debating over the choice of purchasing the “regular” fruits and vegetables or the organic version. Usually the organic version doesn’t look as visually appealing and it definitely costs more money than the standard produce. Why on earth should we pay more money for the less appealing organic produce?
Organic food is healthier and safer.
The definition of “organic produce” varies a bit depending on the source but overall organic farmers do not use pesticides or fertilizers with synthetic chemicals. They also use chemical free seeds and and transplants. What this means to consumers is that the produce you’re eating is free of poisonous chemicals and pesticides. Studies are still conflicting about what the overall effect of pesticides, etc, is to the human body, but if you could avoid eating potentially dangerous chemicals, why would you not?
It may not look as pretty but organic food has incredible flavor.
The reason that much of our non-organic produce is able to look more visually appealing is due to the preservatives that have been applied to it to ensure it stays fresh while being transported from remote regions. Those preservatives are another chemical that we ingest when eating non-organic produce and they also dull the flavor of non-organic foods. Organic produce is locally grown in many cases. Fresher food tends to have a better, more intense taste. Organic farmers utilize soil that has not been stressed by chemical fertilizers and instead use organic matter to fertilize. Organic fertilizers return micro-nutrients to the soil which in turn returns more micro-nutrients to the plants.
Organic food helps to keep our water clean.
Water is a basic building block of life and when we’re trying to consume a healthy diet, water always claims a front and center role. Pollution and other factors are making it incredibly difficult to keep our water sources clean. This includes the runoff of pesticides from surface water and rain into our lakes, rivers and all other water sources. Organic farmers refrain from using any of these chemicals so their surface water runoff doesn’t contribute to the growing problem of pollution of our water.
These are just a few examples of why eating organic produce is a good idea. There is quite a bit of research being done currently to support organic farming even further.
If you’d like more information about current organic guidelines and information in the United States, a great resource to visit is the USDA list of organic resources.