Myths about Organic Food

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This article is not stating whether you should buy organic foods or not. It is just to debunk common myths about organic foods while also explaining some little known facts.

Myth: Organic foods are pesticide free. This is what most people think when they think of organic fruits and vegetables. However this is not true. For produce to be considered organic, natural pesticides can be used. Organic foods still use some pesticides, but just fewer of them, and ones that are not as harmful.

Fact: Organic farms are safer for farmers and farming communities. The people who are the most exposed to pesticides are the farmers and people in farming communities. So when farms become organic, they use fewer pesticides and this improves their health and the health of their community. People buying organic produce allow for these farmers to continue farming organically, and it also encourages other farmers to go organic, and improve their own health too.

Myth: Growing organic is better for the environment. While this comes as a surprise because seems to go against everything we are told about organic foods. Organic foods do help the environment because they do put out less pesticides and chemicals into the environment. However, organic farms produce less food per unit of land than conventional farming. This means that more land is needed to produce enough food. More farmland means destroying entire ecosystems because of all the land, water, and other resources that are needed in order to grow food.

Fact: Eating organic meat lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and other drugs. Conventionally produced meat requires a lot of antibiotics and other unnatural chemicals that you may not be expecting when you eat meat. Organically grown meat does not have these chemicals, and the animals are treated more humanly.

Myth/Fact: Organic foods are healthier. There is a lot of debate around this fact and different studies have different results. Some studies have found that organic produce have more nutrients and vitamins in them than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. However, other studies have shown no differences in nutritional value.

 

Sources:

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2014/01/organic_vs_conventional_produce_for_kids_you_don_t_need_to_fear_pesticides.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-reasons-to-eat-organic-food.html?page=3

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/2011/07/18/mythbusting-101-organic-farming-conventional-agriculture/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/myths-organic-food

 

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