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ORGANIC vs NON-ORGANIC

Is organic food more nutritious than regular food? Organic foods are not healthier, per se, in terms of nutrients. You are still getting the same benefits in conventionally grown foods as you are in organic foods.


What is organic farming?

The word "organic" refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to meet the following goals:

  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
  • Provide safe, healthy livestock habitats
  • Enable natural livestock behavior
  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm

Materials or practices not permitted in organic farming include:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to the soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering, used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields
  • Antibiotics or growth hormones for livestock

Are there downsides to buying organic?

One common concern with organic food is cost. Organic foods typically cost more than their conventional counterparts. Higher prices are due, in part, to more expensive farming practices.

  • Organic foods may contain fewer nutritional items.
  • Organic foods cost more than items grown through traditional methods.
  • Organic foods are not always available in some communities.
  • Organic foods have a shorter shelf life than other items.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that even after washing (and sometimes even after peeling), these fruits and veggies consistently carried higher levels of pesticide residue than others. Consider buying organic versions of these fruits and vegetables:



The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that even after washing (and sometimes even after peeling), these fruits and veggies consistently carried higher levels of pesticide residue than others. Consider buying organic versions of these fruits and vegetables:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers


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