Organic Vs. Non-Organic: What's Real?

The great food debate

Organic vs. Non-organic. What’s real? It’s like everyday we wake up to new information about what to eat or what not to eat. One of the questions I get is about organic foods. Are they better than non-organic foods. If so, why do we still buy non-organic? Hopefully this post will help give you some insight and answer your questions.

We have to look at the farming industry if we are going to answer this question. Food comes from nature. Farmers are the first people to touch our foods. There are many factors that go into growing crops such as water quality, soil quality, environment, and livestock feed. In order to make sure that enough food is grown to feed us and that it’s safe to consume, technologies such as bioengineering come into play. One of these technologies being pesticides. Pesticides are chemicals that help prevent bugs from eating the crops and they can help prevent certain strains of bacteria from getting into the crop so we don’t consume.

Organic vs. Non-organic

Organic foods are grown naturally with no pesticides, antibiotics or special feeds. There is no bioengineering, hormones or special fertilizers used on the crops or livestock. It is a more natural process.

Non-organic foods as you may assume have pesticides, antibiotics and are bioengineered to help prevent certain bacterias from growing in foods and protect from the environment overall.

Research shows that there aren’t many nutritional differences is organic vs. non organic foods. Some differences are minor in that they may vary in vitamin and mineral content based on geographic location. However organic foods may contain about 18-69% more antioxidants than non-organic foods. Antioxidants help your body naturally rid toxins. This largely depends on the geographic location the food is grown or raised.

So which is more safe?

We’ll it depends on your view of environmental health. Some of us believe that pesticides and hormones are bad for your health. Research shows that in order for pesticides to be considered “toxic” for your body you would need to consume roughly 340 apples per day for instance .

Here are some foods that some groups believe are higher in pesticides than others.

If you are concerned about pesticides, you may want to consider purchasing organic varieties of the following types of produce:

  • Strawberries

  • Bell peppers

  • Spinach

  • Cherries (United States)

  • Peaches

  • Cantaloupe (Mexico)

  • Celery

  • Apples

  • Apricots

  • Green beans

  • Grapes (Chile)

  • Cucumbers

  • Pears

  • Winter squash (United States)

  • Potatoes (United States)