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Organic vs. Non-Organic: What’s the Difference?

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an organic red tomato

There has been great debate about organic versus non-organic foods and whether one is healthier than the other.

I have tried both organic and non-organic foods, and I don’t have a preference when it comes to completely stocking my cabinets and refrigerator with either organic or non-organic, but there are exceptions.

I personally prefer fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. Occasionally I will buy organic produce from the grocery store just because I can taste and see the quality difference, but that does not mean that I only buy organic.

So, I did a bit of research and found some information that may help you make the best decision for yourself.

COST

Organic food is more expensive, but contains less hidden costs. Non-organic food is cheaper, but contains many hidden costs, like the moral cost of the harm caused to the environment by conventional farming. Organic farming is beneficial to the environment because organic farming practices help conserve soil and water while reducing pollution.

FOOD SAFETY

Organic foods do not contain any toxic chemicals. Many times harmful preservatives are added to non-organic foods like chemical fertilizers that help the growth of the product. Non-organic farmers also give antibiotics to animals to increase growth.

AVAILABILITY

Some organic foods are imported from other countries and you cannot be assured of the quality of imported organic food. Non-organic food is readily available in most places.

HOW IT EFFECTS YOUR HEALTH

By law, organic farming practices cannot use harmful chemicals. Thus, organic produce, meat, grains and dairy products have lower health risks. Animals are given antibiotics in conventional farming, and then the human body ingests those antibiotics. So if you get sick, your body may become susceptible to those particular antibodies, thus reducing your immunity in the long run. In addition, exposure to hormones and pesticides are harmful to humans and especially harmful to women’s health.

Happy shopping!

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