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Why Buy Organic?

There has been quite a bit of controversy these days about eating organic. Recent studies state that it really doesn’t matter if you eat organic foods or not.

Why Buy Organic?

“Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.” – John Cage

There has been quite a bit of controversy these days about eating organic.  Recent studies state that it really doesn’t matter if you eat organic foods or not.  When something is labeled organic, it usually means that a farm has not used pesticides and has taken considerable care to avoid any cross-contamination.  Producing organic food undoubtedly costs more money which is passed on to the consumer.  Buying organic tends to be quite a bit more expensive than buying non-organic. 

Honestly, I don’t care what the studies are saying about eating organic versus eating non-organic.  I would rather not put pesticides into my body as well as wanting to support farmers and food companies that are not using pesticides. I love going to farmers’ markets during the spring, summer and fall and when I am shopping in the grocery store I am willing to pay a bit more for organic food.

If you have decided not to buy organic here is a list of foods that have found to be the most and least contaminated.

Most Contaminated

Apples

Bell Peppers

Celery

Cherries

Grapes

Lettuce

Nectarines

Peaches

Pears

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

 

Least Contaminated

Asparagus

Avocados

Bananas

Broccoli

Cabbage

Corn

Kiwis

Mangos

Onions

Papayas

Peas

Pineapples

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Zubin Doshi February 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I'm really happy that you acknowledged that "recent studies state that it really doesn’t matter if you eat organic foods or not". Most people and companies promoting organic foods never mention this. If you're buying organic, you should also pay attention to buying local produce at the same time. Greenhouse gas emitted when the produce is transported from great distances mitigates the environmental benefits of growing the food organically (http://www.science20.com/news_articles/why_organic_food_bad_environment-2079). Organic farming also allows for less productivity per acre of land farmed than conventional industrial farming methods (http://www.livestrong.com/article/154006-why-is-organic-food-bad/#ixzz2KchvWK00). Do your research when buying organic products. Many companies use the word organic way too liberally because there is no set definition for what is organic. It's a marketing gimmick that's often used to justify a higher price.

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