Organic food has gained popularity over the last few years, despite costing 50-100% more than non-organic food.
Unfortunately, potential differences in nutritional quality; if there are any, appear to be minimal.
Surprisingly, no studies in the last 75 years have compared effects of organic and conventional produce on human health. The quantity and quality of studies that have compared the safety of organic vs conventionally-grown produce is so scarce that we really can’t draw any clear conclusions.
An organic choice may result in fewer pesticide residues but the amount (in most cases) is low and the significance of this difference is questionable.
Simple steps such as washing food thoroughly, can serve to significantly reduce this risk of pesticide residues. (This is recommended even for organic produce.)
Organic farming involves the application of manure and reduced use of fungicides and antibiotics, which could result in a greater risk for contamination by potentially lethal micro-organisms or microbial products.
Therefore, with regard to environmental contaminants, it’s clear that an organic choice does not necessarily equate to a safer choice.
The decision to purchase organic or conventionally grown foods really does appear to be a lifestyle choice. But at least you now know the facts so you can make an informed decision.
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