When I was around seven, my uncle married a woman from Russia and she told me that the grocery stores here were different from the ones in Russia because most our food was not “organic.” Being seven, I didn’t realize that there was a difference in the food that I ate; I thought food was just food (oh how I was so wrong). I didn’t understand what organic even meant, so I asked my father and he went into a speech about pesticides and genetically modified organisms and thus my fear of non organic food arose.
My parents didn’t purchase organic because they were raising three small children and would rather put money aside for our education or vacations than food. Not to say we didn’t eat healthy, because we did, we just didn’t have organic. Very rarely we would go into Whole Foods and I thought it was the most magical place on the planet. (No hate on Whole Foods, but they seriously need to drop their prices in my opinion).
I’m almost positive that you guys know what organic means but just in case… here’s the definition. Organic food is defined as the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
When I went into my first semester of college I took a basic writing class and I had to write an argumentative paper, and me being a health nut, I decided to write about organic vs. non organic. Most of my research came from online sources or books and what I gathered was actually quite surprising.
No food is truly organic. Now that might outrage a few of you guys who do spend a lot of $$ on organic and I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s the truth. Now, when you buy food that has an “organic” label on it, you are purchasing a food that holds true to the definition stated above. However, does that mean that the soil used to grow the plant is organic? And what about the fuel used to transport the product to the grocery store? You must think beyond just the food item itself.
- Organic foods are free of harmful pesticides, antibiotics, GMOs, and additives.
- They have less of an environmental impact than conventional farming.
- The nutritional value is typically higher in organic foods.
- If you are concerned about how animals are treated, then choosing organic food is a good idea. Organic farming ensures that animals are fed a natural diet and kept in free-range conditions.
- Organic foods are more expensive.
- All foods, including organic, are prone to food-born illnesses like E. coli and salmonella.
- Organic fruits and vegetables may have a shorter shelf life.
- Many people believe that organic food does not allow the use of any chemicals. Contrary to popular opinion, organic food production does allow a limited number of chemicals to be used.
Now that I’m an adult, and not so scared of non organic food, I buy both! I do believe in investing in my health and there are some foods I am not willing to skimp on. I will ALWAYS choose organic when it comes to foods with thin membranes like lettuce, greens, apples, potatoes, etc. I also always always always purchase my meats organic and humanely raised no matter what (even though it is so damn expensive). Anything with a thicker membrane I feel is okay to purchase non organic to save a little bit of money.
Below is a link to a list of foods that you should always buy organic.
Let me know your thoughts!