We’ve all had the moment while walking through the grocery store when we see two seemingly-identicle bins of fruits or vegetables next to each other with one obvious exception: the price. We think to ourselves: “Why would I pay twice as much for these apples, when I can just buy these ones?” This logic seems reasonable, until you learn the true difference between the two.
The cheaper produce I was referring to is termed “conventional.” These fruits and vegetables are treated with pesticides (usually synthetic), are often chemically-ripened, and are probably genetically modified (GMOs…eek!!). They are nowhere near to being grown in the way nature intended, which dramatically reduces their amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial micronutrients that are essential for a healthy diet.
Why have we, as a society, changed the way our food is grown? Simple explanation. Profit. By using these “conventional” farming practices, produce grows and ripens faster, lasts longer without spoiling, and can be mass-produced for increased earnings. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to support these huge corporations that are purely profit-driven, and who have lost sight of what truly matters: feeding society with quality food.
That’s where the beauty of organic farming comes in. Organic farming uses no artificial fertilizers, pesticides, are not chemically ripened, and if the produce is “Certified Organic,” then you can rest assured that it is not genetically modified. These seem like some great benefits of organic farming and produce, but the list of positives is just beginning.
Great Benefits of Organic Farming:
- It’s better for the environment. Organic farming means no chemicals being put into the water and earth. Everyone benefits from that!
- You aren’t ingesting tons of chemicals that reek havoc on your body.
- Deliciousness. Have you ever eaten an organic strawberry? If you haven’t, you need to do that. Right now. Unless you are allergic, of course. Try eating a conventional strawberry, then follow it up with an organic one. The difference is mind-blowing.
- Nutrient density. Organic produce offers a higher percentage of awesome nutrients than conventional. That means more vitamins and minerals, which is great for your health!
- Supporting small and local businesses. Most organic farmers do their farming on a smaller scale, and sell their produce locally. This is great for your local economy, and helps take away business from the huge conventional factory farms (buying organic may even persuade some of the corporate farming agencies to switch to organic practices…who knows?)
These are all amazing reasons to switch to organic produce if you haven’t already. But these are only the benefits of organic produce…there are still a multitude of great things about organic meat and eggs that I haven’t mentioned (post to follow). For now, check out the chart below for a quick explanation of what organic really means. It may surprise you!