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———————--Organic is the fastest-growing segment of the North-American grocery market.
More and more households are choosing to buy organic foods over “conventional” foods—but what’s the difference, and is it worth the price?
WHAT IS ORGANIC?
Organic food is produced without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. (Pesticides include insecticides, which target insects, and herbicides, which target weeds. Fertilizers are used to enhance soil nutrients where they may be lacking.) The practices of organic agriculture aim to cycle resources, promote ecological balance and preserve biodiversity.
THE PROBLEM WITH “CONVENTIONAL”
While the terminology (“organic” and “conventional”) makes it seem as though organic is a special type of food we haven’t had access to previously; it’s completely the opposite. What we now call “conventional” agriculture didn’t exist until after World War II.
Insecticides are neurotoxins, developed from the same nerve gases used in World War II. They are incredibly toxic to handle.
In general, the argument for using chemical pesticides is that they improve yield, and they break down quickly enough to not be deadly when consumed.
However, foods grown with chemical pesticides do retain pesticide residues that are ultimately consumed by whoever eats them.
These residues are in legally allowable amounts that aren’t harmful on impact, but they bioaccumulate over time to cause severe health effects.
Research shows that prolonged exposure to chemical pesticides (including their residues) leads to increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, reproductive damage and cancer. Additionally, the recent rise in gluten intolerance and autoimmune disease can be attributed to pesticide exposure through consumption.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING ORGANIC
By choosing organic foods, you avoid consuming insecticides and herbicides. This removes toxic, endocrine-disrupting, carcinogenic pesticide residues from your diet.
Many studies also show that organically grown produce contains higher nutrient profiles than their conventional counterparts.