It seems that the hot topic anymore is organic. It’s all around us, just walk into a store and you will find organic foods, clothes, pet foods, lawn care supplies, beauty product and even organic baby formula. In fact, the organic-food industry is thriving; around 70% of the people in the U.S. buy organic food on occasion and about 25% buy it on a weekly basis. Why is organic food booming? After all organic food costs practically 50% more than its non-organic counterpart! Quite simply most people opt for the organic product because it’s natural, which means it’s a better choice for us and its better for the environment, but is it? With such a large number of people in our society jumping on the organic bandwagon, I’ve decided to list some of the pros and cons of organic food. After reviewing the list you can decide for yourself if organic is right for you.
Organic Food Pros
- Organic foods do not contain hydrogenated fat, as compared to the non-organic variety which does. Selecting organic foods can be heart healthy since Hydrogenated fat has been associated with heart disease.
- Organic foods have a lower level of residues from pesticide since there are only a small number of chemicals permitted in organic food production.
- A natural diet is fed to the animals raised on organic farms and the animals are provided free-range conditions.
- There are USDA qualifications that must be met before organic food may be marketed as “organic”.
- Many people believe that organic food has a better taste or flavor than the non-organic counterpart.
Organic Food Cons
- Organic foods do not have artificial preservatives so they often have a shorter shelf life than non-organic foods.
- Organic food usually cost more than non-organic food. Organic food is more costly to produce since the fertilizers and pesticides used on organic produce is about 3 times the cost of traditional fertilizers, plus the natural fertilizers are limited by nature.
- It is believed that the use of chemicals is forbidden with organic foods. However, organic food production just limits the number of chemicals that can be used.
The main reason many people use organic food is because they believe it’s healthier than consuming the non-organic equivalent. However, there are no conclusive reports that link organic foods and health benefits. In fact, some scientific research indicates that organic foods are no more nutritious or any safer than the non-organic foods produced through conventional means.
Reviewing today’s trends it appears that organic food sales will continue to skyrocket into the foreseeable future. Ultimately, every individual must decide for themselves if going organic is what’s best for their family, their lifestyle, and their wallet. It’s a personal choice when deciding whether you should follow the ‘go organic’ crowd, what you need to remember is that when you’re considering the content of a diet, balance is the key. The proper balance of nutrients may not necessarily come from a completely organic diet. To ensure a healthy diet you need to make sure that you consume foods from the 5 major food groups regardless of whether the foods are organically or non-organically produced.