I heard in the media recently that organic produce is not any better for you nutritionally than conventional produce. I am not sure how this conclusion was arrived at as not a lot of research or supporting material was provided. I have been a big fan of organic produce for some time, either buying it or growing it and so I found this news interesting.
Organic produce and products usually cost significantly more than non organic produce and products. It can also take more effort to grow organic produce. So it is important that it is worth the extra cost and effort.
Beyond any differences there may be in the nutrient levels of organic and conventional, the main reasons I am a fan of organic produce is because of taste, effects on the planet and the levels of vital energy.
The first two reasons are obvious. Organic produce tastes so much better than non organic produce. If you are not sure about this, treat yourself to some organic tomatoes, even better grow your own. There is no doubt in my mind that organic veggies taste much better than non organic. The effects of the planet could be a blog entry itself but to keep it short and sweet, we all know that spraying foods with chemicals is very unkind to the earth and all her inhabitants.
My main motivation for eating organic produce is the vital energy it provides my physical body. There is a huge difference in the vitality in an organic vegetable over a non organic vegetable. The organic vegetable is bursting with vitality and this vitality is absorbed into our energy system, nourishing us in a way that goes beyond the benefits provided by the mineral and vitamin content. Eating organic produce is a great way to achieve perfect, vibrant, radiant health (especially when you start to introduce more raw vegetables and some carrot juice into your diet).
Cost can be a reason why many people choose to buy conventional produce over organic. There is a way around this. Bugs don't like brocolli or cabbage very much and so these vegetables are not sprayed with chemicals but they do like the sweet products with thin skins that they can penetrate easily such as peaches and apples. Therefore these products are usually heavily sprayed with chemicals. If I am watching my budget I make sure I always buy organic for the produce with the heaviest pesticide load but do not worry so much about buying organic for the lowest pesticide load. I do my best and then forget about it all and go and enjoy the food!
Below is a list of the top 12 vegetables and fruits with the highest and lowest pesticide load. This was taken from the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides.
Heaviest pesticide load (aim to buy or grow organic)
Lowest pesticide load
For more information
The Soil Association is a UK membership charity campaigning for planet-friendly organic food and farming.
Environmental Working Group