Are Organic Foods Better Than Conventional Foods?

You can hardly get away without hearing about organic foods on a regular basis. There are reports that tell us that eating organically is the only way to get and stay healthy. And then there are other reports that dispute these claims, saying that conventional food is just as healthy.



Before we jump into the debate, it’s important to understand the basics. What exactly makes a food organic? In December of 2000, the term “organic” was created by the National Organic Standards Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The board determined that in order to be organic, a food must be produced without the use of most synthetic fertilizers, sewer-sludge fertilizers, genetic engineering, irradiation, pesticides, and growth hormones.

Now that we know what “organic food” means, let’s see how they compare and contrast with conventional foods. Let’s break it down and see exactly how organic foods are produced versus how their counterparts, conventional foods, are produced.

Organic foods are grown  with natural fertilizers instead of chemical fertilizers. Instead of using pesticides to control the pest population, organic farmers utilize methods including mating disruption, insect predators, barriers, and traps to thwart off disease and pests. Finally, these types of farmers use mulches, cover crops, crop rotation, hand-weeding, flame weeding and more to control weeds instead of using herbicides.

Organic livestock is given organic feed and they have living conditions which are that of  animals’ natural behavior.  For example, ruminants (including cows) must have access to a pasture in order to be labeled as organic. These animals, while they may be vaccinated to protect them from disease, may never be given hormones, or subjected to medications  medications unless unless they fall ill.

Conventional foods, are the foods which are grown in soil that has chemical fertilizers.  Conventional farmers use insecticides to protect their crops from disease and pests and use synthetic herbicides to control weeds. As you can see, those chemicals that organic farmers are forbidden to use are widely used in conventional farming methods.

Conventional livestock, may be given  antibiotics and hormones. They also are not kept in conditions that has their natural behaviors.

Organic Foods Or Conventional Foods?   

So which is better for you? Organic foods or conventional foods? They both must meet the same safety and quality standards, as determined by the USDA. The only main difference between the two is the way in which they are produced. Furthermore, there isn’t any scientific evidence that proves without a doubt that organic foods are safer or more nutritious than conventional foods.

However, studies do indicate that organic foods are less likely to have pesticide residues than their conventional counterparts. People who try organic foods are of the view that these taste better.

What’s the harm in giving organic foods a try? As far as I am concerned, the least amount of chemicals in my food, the better! So why not give a try to organic foods, after all at the end of the day along with taste its health which matters.

What Are Your Views?  

Have you tried organic foods? If yes how did you find them? Do you feel they are better health wise and taste wise? Please do put forward your views on the topic in your comments.

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8 comments on “Are Organic Foods Better Than Conventional Foods?
  1. OrganicTrade says:

    Mounting evidence proves there are health benefits for consuming organic foods. In fact, studies linking non-organic practices to increased health risks are beginning to prove more conclusively the many benefits that organic agriculture has to offer farmers, the land, our water supplies, air, and ultimately, the health of the planet and those living on it. The U.S. President’s Cancer Panel report released in May exhorts consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones to help decrease their exposure to environmental chemicals that can increase their risk of contracting cancer. Also, a study published May 17 in Pediatrics concluded that exposure to organophosphate pesticides—prohibited in organic production—at levels common among U.S. children may contribute to the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in these children.

    Organic. It’s worth it.
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  2. Something else to keep in mind is that food grown organically in good quality and properly maintained soil tends to be much more nutritionally dense. Chemical fertilizers have the unfortunate effect of leaching minerals and nutrient out of the soil – leaving it barren and lifeless. Properly grown organic food is not only healthier because of the lack of pesticides, it’s also better for you because of the increased vitamin and mineral content. In addition I have personally found that organic produce usually tastes better, especially tomatoes. It makes a big difference when I make pasta sauces!

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