Friday, June 6, 2008

The Truth About Organics

While organic food can sometimes run with a slightly higher cost than other foods, it is important to be completely educated about what the true meaning of "organic" is when you look on a food label. This article from Medill Reports Chicago tells us what is exactly to be certified organic.

Is Organic Food Really Worth the Price?

Sales of organic products have skyrocketed in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. People associate organic food with better health, local growers, lower pesticide levels, humane treatment of animals and sounder environmental practices.

But the National Organic Program, which regulates the process of growing organic food, is actually a marketing program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The government stops short of making any scientific claims that organic food is safer or more nutritious than conventional foods. So with the price of food continuing to increase in recent months, shoppers are wondering if organics are really worth the extra cost.

Experts confirm that organic fruits and vegetables probably are better for the environment, and they’re often a good way of ensuring you get fresh fruit. But although a recent meta-study on organic nutrition levels showed a higher level of some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, experts are divided on whether that translates to better health.

Read the rest of the story here.

1 comment:

Neita said...

With today's heavy use of chemicals in every aspect our lives how can organically grown food not be far better for your health than commercially grown product grown in chemically contaminated soils and sprayed though out their life cycle with more chemicals.
I recently heard one expert state that today you would have to eat 3 apples to gain the same amount of nutrients you got from eating one apple in the 1960's. We have a health epidemic and a major cause has to be the food we eat, I don’t recall the health issues of today being any where near widespread as they were back in the 40’s and 50’s, take cancer as an example. How can natural organic foods not be better for you, nature can not be improved when it comes to the health benefits of vitamins and minerals the body needs?