Friday, September 11, 2009

Why Eat Organic?

Sharon Bar-Gil, Ph.D.

Studies show that on average organic food contains more vitamins and minerals than non-organic. This is because plants grow in a naturally nutrient-rich soil.

Non-organic chemical farming methods can speed up growth rates which can change the structure of a plant - resulting in the plant containing more water. Is that a good thing? No because it means the plant will contain less nutrients. In other words when you buy organic produce you get more carrot for your carrot.

Even food that we think is healthy, such as non-organic apples, can be sprayed 16 times. There are real concerns about the links with pesticides and cancers, decreasing male fertility, fetal abnormalities and chronic fatigue syndrome to name but a few. Organic farmers predominantly use natural methods to control pests, weeds and disease. So buying organic is one way to reduce the chances that your food contains pesticides.
Read the complete article here.

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