People prefer organic food for a variety of reasons:
- Rich in vitamins and nutrients
- Lower pesticide levels
- Better for our ecosystem
- Tastes better
- Reduces pollution
- Does not contain any hormones
- Organic crops are also better for the soil
There is still some debate and ongoing research on whether organic foods have more vitamins and nutrients than non-organic foods. Some studies have found that organic crops may contain higher levels of certain nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus compared to conventionally grown crops. However, other studies have not found significant differences in nutrient content between organic and non-organic foods.
A study done by Harvard University found that “Organic produce did have the slight edge in food safety, with 30% lower pesticide residues than conventional foods. In general, pesticide levels in both organic and non-organic foods were within allowable safety limits. It’s still not clear, though, just what that means to consumers’ health.” As you can see, while organic food may win over consumers as far as pesticide levels go, there is still no definitive answer on how this implicates our health.
The main difference between organic and non-organic foods lies in the way they are produced. Organic farming practices involve the use of natural fertilizers, crop rotation, and biological pest control methods instead of synthetic chemicals. This can result in healthier soil, which may lead to better nutrient uptake by plants.