Organic Food: Healthy Or Great Myth?

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Is organic food actually better? We all automatically assume that organic food equals healthy, eco-friendly, and nutritious. Yet several studies claim that “organic” doesn’t necessarily stand for “the best.”

According to a 2015 Consumer Reports study, organic products are on average 47% more costly than their non-organic alternatives. But manufacturing organic products is only 5 to 7% more expensive than producing conventional foods. In addition, the meaning of the term “organic” differs from country to country due to varying standards. In some places, product quality monitoring can be so poor that organic food won’t be any different from the other kind. So let’s take a look at whether or not organic really is better for you or if it’s just one big trendy scam!

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Some statistics 0:33
What is organic food? 1:28
Is organic food really good for the environment? 2:25
Are organic pesticides safe? 3:08
Is organic food more nutritious and better for your health? 4:59
How to choose the best organic products? 7:06

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– Within a span of just 4 years, the organic food industry’s overall value jumped from $29 billion in 2010 up to $39 billion by 2014! Since then, this number has been growing steadily by about 10% each year.
– The most obvious difference between these two types of products is in the way they’re made. When they produce organic food, farmers don’t use any hormones, genetic modification, antibiotics, or artificial chemicals like synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
– A 2010 study conducted by the University of Guelph discovered that some organic pesticides could have a much worse influence on the environment than regular ones.
– 95% of people who go organic do this to protect themselves from pesticides. But they don’t realize that since organic fruits and veggies are entirely GMO-free, they’re less resistant than their modified counterparts.
– The biggest problem in all of this is that nowadays, organic farming has become a profitable business for big corporations and not local farmers. As a result, companies use machinery that emits greenhouse gases and, thus, contributes to the pollution of the planet.
– In 2009, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also compared a bunch of different studies and came to the conclusion that organic products don’t have any extra nutritional value in comparison with conventional ones.
– the content and nutritional value of different fruits and vegetables depend on all kinds of factors besides an “organic” label, such as weather and climate conditions or the quality of the soil. As for crops, their characteristics may change according to the period when they were harvested.
– Buy products that have the USDA seal on them. Always try to avoid unlabeled foods.
– Some of the best organic products you can find are locally grown ones. First of all, in most cases, they have more flavor to them because farmers pick these products as soon as they’re ready to eat.
– Do NOT buy organic seafood. Nowadays, the USDA doesn’t have any particular regulations or labeling standards for shellfish and fish.
– When choosing fish and other seafood, opt not for organic but for ones that don’t contain large amounts of harmful substances. They include scallops, herring, shrimp, crayfish, crab, tilapia, oysters, catfish, and haddock.

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