Food – Choose Organic or Not?

June 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Food

For a few years now it seems we are living in a new era, that of the organic everything: organic clothes, organic food, and organic cleaning products. However, before deciding whether or not it is in our advantage to purchase such products, we should be aware of the different opinions regarding the matter. To the ordinary consumer differences between organic and traditional products may not be so evident. This is why we will present here some of the pros and cons for organic products.
The most evident difference between the two food categories is, without any doubt, their price. Although on the shelves of a grocery store organic and non-organic fruits and vegetable look just as healthy and fresh, the organic ones cost almost double of the non-organic ones. Why? This is mostly because most of the Americans, if not of the people worldwide, are more and more concern about the genetically modified products on the food market and their effects on their health.
Thus, they are willing to pay double for what they eat if this can grant them a healthy life. Every type of food labeled as “Organic” informs the buyer that it comes from a field where no chemical substances have been used for the at least past three years. No other chemicals or pesticides have been used on them during the production period and no preservatives, additives or coloring have been added during the processing and packaging techniques.
Strong arguments are brought in favor of producing and purchasing organic food. Among them there is the contamination-free watersheds and drinking water (due to the exclusion of pesticides and chemicals from the production process), the higher quality of the soil (which is rich in nutrients and sustainable due to cover and rotation crops and composts) and erosion prevention.
In order to determine the nutritional value of the organic food compared to the non-organic one, different studies have been made. One of them has emphasized a higher level of vitamins such as A, B, C, E and minerals such as zinc and calcium in twelve organic products, as well as low heavy metal levels and hydrogenated fat (responsible for most of the heart diseases). With organic foods the risk of pesticides and antibiotics generated health complications is considerably reduced.
Although studies have demonstrated the nutritional superiority of the organic food, there are some cons to consuming it. One of them takes into account the high risk of e coli contamination due to the manure use as organic composite to such crops. Another argument against organic food is that the production rate of the two food types is the same.
Moreover, organic farming methods are twice more expensive than the traditional ones (this is reflected in the price of the final organic products) and the worrying thing about them is that a replacing of the modern farming methods may trigger food shortage.

For a few years now it seems we are living in a new era, that of the organic everything: organic clothes, organic food, and organic cleaning products. However, before deciding whether or not it is in our advantage to purchase such products, we should be aware of the different opinions regarding the matter. To the ordinary consumer differences between organic and traditional products may not be so evident. This is why we will present here some of the pros and cons for organic products.
The most evident difference between the two food categories is, without any doubt, their price. Although on the shelves of a grocery store organic and non-organic fruits and vegetable look just as healthy and fresh, the organic ones cost almost double of the non-organic ones. Why? This is mostly because most of the Americans, if not of the people worldwide, are more and more concern about the genetically modified products on the food market and their effects on their health.
Thus, they are willing to pay double for what they eat if this can grant them a healthy life. Every type of food labeled as “Organic” informs the buyer that it comes from a field where no chemical substances have been used for the at least past three years. No other chemicals or pesticides have been used on them during the production period and no preservatives, additives or coloring have been added during the processing and packaging techniques.
Strong arguments are brought in favor of producing and purchasing organic food. Among them there is the contamination-free watersheds and drinking water (due to the exclusion of pesticides and chemicals from the production process), the higher quality of the soil (which is rich in nutrients and sustainable due to cover and rotation crops and composts) and erosion prevention.
In order to determine the nutritional value of the organic food compared to the non-organic one, different studies have been made. One of them has emphasized a higher level of vitamins such as A, B, C, E and minerals such as zinc and calcium in twelve organic products, as well as low heavy metal levels and hydrogenated fat (responsible for most of the heart diseases). With organic foods the risk of pesticides and antibiotics generated health complications is considerably reduced.
Although studies have demonstrated the nutritional superiority of the organic food, there are some cons to consuming it. One of them takes into account the high risk of e coli contamination due to the manure use as organic composite to such crops. Another argument against organic food is that the production rate of the two food types is the same.
Moreover, organic farming methods are twice more expensive than the traditional ones (this is reflected in the price of the final organic products) and the worrying thing about them is that a replacing of the modern farming methods may trigger food shortage.

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