What Are Organic Foods?

Fresh-Organic-FoodOrganic fruits and vegetables are grown with natural fertilizers like mulch, and compost. The farmers rotate crops to reduce pests and disease and they also weed the fields by hand. This ensures that the food is all natural without any chemicals.

Conventional food is grown using chemical pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. These chemicals are not harmful in small doses, but many people fear the long term exposure to them may lead to serious diseases.

If you’re like me, you want to buy organic food only when it promotes health. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has compiled a list of fruits and vegetables that rate highest in pesticides and refer to them as the “Dirty Dozen”. They did research and found out that some crops demand higher doses of pesticides to ward off unwanted pests, while some produce grows just fine without all the added chemicals. Read on to see the complete list of the “Dirty Dozen”.

Organic food is nutritionally superior because natural fertilizers contain a spectrum of nutrients that add to it’s quality. Non-organic food is grown with extra nitrogen which helps it grow big and look good, but it lacks the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that come with organic fertilizers. Even if you can get over the idea of eating traces of bug killer, it’s still wise to choose organic for the added nutritional benefits. It’s true that produce today contains only a fraction of the nutrients that our grand parents ate. Quality has been sacrificed for looks and durability.

The cost of traditional produce is cheaper, but as the demand for organic food rises, the cost should lower. And remember: The price of organic food is not higher, the price of traditional food is lower because of the corners that have been cut by the producers.

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