You’ve decided to take a more serious look at eating organically but a first wave of research has you rather disheartened. You found that organic food is:
- More expensive,
- Not completely pesticide-free and
- Not necessarily more nutritious than conventionally grown food.
These facts are correct. But there’s more to organic food than price and pesticides. Let us explain: take a look below for three wrong beliefs about organic eating that’s holding you back from enjoying them.
- Organic farmers do use pesticides, but they tend to be non-chemical pesticides.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a list of the types of pesticides allowed on organic food. Most synthetic pesticides are banned for livestock and crop production, but the USDA still allows a very limited number of “non-organic substances.” Called the National List, it shows which substances can be used for only certain situations (such as up to only a certain amount or only on certain crops).
What’s more, if an organic farmer is growing crops near conventional farms, chances are good the organic crops may receive a small amount of chemical pesticides as they waft over to the organic farm on the wind.
Why this shouldn’t concern you: We don’t live in perfect world: winds blow and bring pesticides with them. Without even natural pesticides, bugs could eat through a farmer’s crops. In other words, organic farmers need to use something to keep the destruction pests can do to a crop to a minimum.
And that’s the operative word here: certified organic produce has been grown in such a way as to keep pesticide exposure to an absolute minimum, which, when compared to the vast amount of chemical pesticides used on conventionally grown produce, is far better for you.
- Organic food is more expensive, but less than eating out.
Yes, organic food is more expensive than conventional grown/raised food. But too expensive? We beg to differ; it’s all in your priorities:
- How often do you stop by your local drive-thru coffee shop on the way to work to purchase a large caramel mocha for about $4? Multiply by 5 days a week and you’re looking at $20. Could it be argued that that $20 could be better spent on delicious organic fruit or vegetables?
- How often does your family eat out? Eating at home is less expensive than eating out, even factoring in the higher cost of organic food. Convenience foods, in short, are far more expensive than organic food.
- Organic food isn’t more nutritious, but – again – it doesn’t poison your family with chemicals.
Yes it’s true: studies have shown that organic food isn’t more nutritious than conventionally grown food. But it’s still better, if only because organic farmers don’t spread chemical pesticides on it.
Chemical pesticides have been linked to all kinds of nasty effects on one’s health: “Pesticides can be extremely hazardous to the human body and other living organisms, as they are designed to be a poison.”
Why would any sane person want to continue ingesting so much poison? A solution – even if it is imperfect – lies in organic food. Don’t let the fact that organic food is imperfect hold you back from enjoying its benefits.