I don’t often write opinion pieces like this, but the recent debate over whether organic produce is any better than conventional has compelled me to speak up. In a September 4th news post, researchers from Stanford University were reported as saying:
Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits.
Really? I’m not sure I’d like to test this food safety theory, especially on our kids! Each year, we find out fallacies in what was once thought to be true, safe, and scientifically proven. How can ANY level of pesticide or toxin be deemed “within safety limits”? Not to mention that cancers and other serious health issues can arise from a lifetime of ingesting chemicals. So won’t the accumulation of constantly eating sprayed produce add up to an unsafe limit at some point?
The focus of this particular debate is about nutrition — that organic produce offers no more vitamins or nutrients than conventional produce. I agree with Marion Nestle’s response in the New York Times that “….nutrients are not the point. The point of organic production is its effects on the health of people and the planet.”
….nutrients are not the point [in this debate]. The point of organic production is its effects on the health of people and the planet.
Here are my responses, as lowly consumer, on the most popular issues with organic produce:
- Organic is more expensive. Depending on the product, sometimes it’s the same price as conventional or not much more. If the price difference is substantial, I check if the fruit or veggie is on safe end of the EWG’s pesticide residue chart. I’ll buy conventional onions (49th in pesticide residue) but spring for organic apples (conventional ones are #1 in pesticide residue). And I figure that my health and the health of my family is more important than saving a dollar here or there. Check out this post for more money-saving tips.
- Organic isn’t more nutritious. Apparently, this is true if you compare vitamins and minerals. I’m no scientist. But stop and think for a minute…can organic vs. conventional really be the same — in the way you feel, how your body feels, how the food tastes, etc? Are you telling me a carrot grown in nutrient-rich soil with no chemicals added really is the same as one grown in pesticide drenched conditions?
Organic produce is hard to find. It can be. But as more consumers demand organic, more farmers are growing organic and more stores and markets are providing it! The demand will increase the supply. Here are some ways to bring the farm to you, no matter where you live.
- “Organic” is a marketing ploy. I’m sure producers capitalize on organic status for marketing reasons. But I believe that organic is a way of life. It affects everyone and everything — farmer, environment, animals, food, consumer. When I eat organic, I take better care of myself and those around me. I am a more productive and loving person. I think better thoughts and exercise more and stress less. I think organic produce tastes better, so I enjoy and appreciate my food and how it’s nourishing me. I pay more attention to what I put on my skin and in my home. I seek out products from companies who are making a positive impact on our world. So…
Is going organic worth it? I say, “ABSOLUTELY!”
What do YOU say?
10 thoughts on “Why Organic Produce IS Worth It”
I normally try to get the Organic foods, it’s that little bit more expensive but…what price is there to pay on your health right? Worth the extra money
Hey James, thanks for stopping by! Obviously I agree with you 🙂 Just wondering…do other professional athletes go for organic or is that not a priority? I know most of the supplements, protein shakes, etc targeted toward athletes are anything but natural.
I’ve recently been looking in to schools for nutritional counseling and this is FOR SURE one of the topics I am eager to learn about. I remember reading that quote of the “safety limits” and I can’t wait to challenge that!!!
Great post! Very inspirational!
Thanks Liz! I can’t wait for you to start studying that…you’ll be a well-informed nutritional counselor who will be able to pass on real food wisdom!
Thanks for the support 🙂
Thanks for the great links in this article, I will have to check them out 🙂
Kristin…great article…makes me want to search a bit harder for organic foods and eat healthier. Thanks for this info that has motivated me!
We always buy organic if there’s an organic option 🙂 So worth it!
Yes…I was just on Pinterest and saw this quote that really says it all.
Oh my gosh! I said almost *exactly* the same this to a friend of mine the other day randomly during a conversation about how we couldn’t understand people not caring about this issue!