13 May

Organic: Is It Worth It?

What is Organic?

Simply put, organic agriculture promotes sustainable farming practices using materials and methods that keep the good of the environment in mind. These practices elevate the productivity and health of soil life, plants, animals, and people.

 

Pros:

  1. Better for the environment

We should all care about the environment. People get bent out of shape about this topic, but we should contribute to some extent. I am not telling you to go buy organic, but organic farming practices are designed to be more sustainable. There is a focus on recycling and a “living off the land” mentality that aims at conserving the soil and water and reducing pollution.

  1. Promotes healthy livestock

I care alot about animals. I also eat meat. The use of hormones and antibiotics are reduced in organically raised livestock. There is a huge demand for meat in our country. We consume it often and a lot of it. We eat it so much that we have to give our livestock hormones to grow them faster to “meat” that demand (see what I did there). Look, I eat inorganic meat, but I would eat organic everytime if it was cheaper and more available. I believe this could happen if we tried to eat a little less meat, that’s all. Not to mention that it might lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer in the U.S.) if we consumed less meat.

  1. Possibly more nutritious (articles at bottom of page)

No. Eating organic will not enable you to lose more weight versus eating inorganic. However, there is a growing body of evidence showing that eating organic may have health benefits. Several large studies have pointed to higher antioxidant properties in organically grown crops and higher concentrations of polyunsaturated fats (good fats) and omega-3s (several health benefits) in organic milk. That being said, I believe choosing organic is preferable but not necessary to being healthy by any means. Shoot, I only buy organic when the price is right.

Cons:

  1. More expensive (I mean, buy organic if you can afford it)

Not much needs to be said here. It is definitely more expensive to eat organic. It takes more time and energy to produce an organic crop. Organic farmers gotta get paid!

  1. Shorter shelf life

Without the preservatives in organic foods, they spoil faster. This is not a big deal if you are thoughtful at the grocery store. Only buy what you will eat that week, unless you have a super awesome deep freezer.

  1. Prone to foodborne illness like inorganic

Organic food is no different in this regard. You are not an safer from foodborne illnesses by eating organic. A little advice to people food prepping: WASH YOUR HANDS!

 

Meta-analysis – higher omega-3s in organic milk

Meta-analysis: higher antioxidant content in organic

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