Organic Food Is Better Than Conventionally Grown Food

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Is organic food really better than conventionally grown food? Of course it is! Studies prove it.

Run by the USDA, organic certification audits the process of food production, handling and packaging. A farmer who obtains this strictly controlled USDA certification must be able to prove that no synthetic chemicals were on their farm. Everything that goes onto the plants — fertilizer, insecticides, etc. — must be from a stringent list of acceptable items. This is all audited for compliance, both at the paperwork level (showing purchase receipts, for example) and physically at the farm.

Organic Certification

At the food formulator and packing level, organic certification means a very stringent process for tracking raw materials is followed.

Both farmers and food packers are audited once a year by a USDA-approved organic certifier. This includes an on-site inspection which covers detailed requirements including cleaning solutions for machinery and even rodent control. Toxic rat poisons, for example, are not allowed to be used in a certified organic facility.

In contrast to organic food production, other operations can spray potentially harmful chemicals on crops in the field, including chemicals with heavy metals. Food packing and handling can take place in a warehouse that is fumigated with toxic chemicals. There are no requirements that food batches be tracked or tested for possible contamination.

Because of the requirements of organic certification, organic foods consistently test far lower in synthetic chemicals, and of course genetically modified foods are not allowed to be labeled “organic” at all.

Organic Food Is More Nutritious

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Organic foods are higher in nutrients. One very large study to examine the nutrient content of organic food has found that organic is generally more nutritious than conventionally grown produce. The four-year study led by Professor Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University is known as the Quality Low Input Food Project, and it found that organic fruits and vegetables contained as much as 40 percent higher levels of antioxidants, which are believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and many cancers. Organics also had higher levels of beneficial minerals such as zinc. And milk from organically-fed herds had antioxidant levels up to 90 percent higher than milk from conventional herds.

The study looked at fruit, vegetables and animals raised and grown on adjacent organic and conventional sites on a 725-acre farm attached to Newcastle University, and at other European sites as well.

Plenty of Skeptics Remain (updated 6/2/2016)

There are recent studies that indicate there is no difference in the nutritional value between organic and conventionally grown food.

In other studies, although organic crops had higher levels of antioxidants, they did not consistently contain higher levels of vitamins.

The differences are minimal. “Such small changes are unlikely to represent any nutritional or health benefit,” they say.

Given the big picture, lots of experts say that, from a health perspective, what you eat matters more than whether you choose organic or conventional. – The Salt:NPR

The bottom line: We still need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Juicing is a great way to do just that.”There’s No-Thing Better For You Body Than FRESH Fruit and Vegetable Juice!

References

Dr. Weil: Organic Foods Have More Antioxidants, Minerals

Organic Farming and Growing Impacts On Food Quality – The Newcastle Study

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence: The Salt: NPR

 

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Rich Donahue

I am a natural health enthusiast and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute for Natural Sciences. My website PRIME Juicers is dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I also write about blending, nutrition and natural health. Please join me and have fun juicing! (I may be an affiliate for products that I recommend. If you purchase those items from my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link.)

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61 Responses

  1. More fruits and vegetables indeed! Thanks for such a thorough article!

  2. Jdmonsees says:

    I agree our family started to produce some of our own food on our property and you can realy tell the differance
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  3. Laureen says:

    I changed my eating habits at the start of this year to more organic foods and what a difference it has made! it is a difficult switch but i have seen the fruits so far. i even fall sick less often! So many foodstuffs nowadays are genetically modified :-(. If only i could have my own garden…

  4. Tom Syuki says:

    Great article. Organic food is great and organic farming is good for the environment, which makes it more adoptable although it could be a little bit more costly in the developing countries but then eventually it is the way to go

  5. njeri says:

    very true ,organic food is the best as it has no chemical residules

  6. Amos M says:

    Rich, Thanks for this article, Organic food is better than conventionally grown food. Knowledge is power. Thanks

  7. Organic foods have no chemicals as opposed to conventionally grown foods therefore causing no illnesses, definitely for now henceforth going for organic foods.Thanks for sharing this healthy tips

  8. Crotilda says:

    Organic farming requires a lot of effort but the rewards are priceless. The organic products are more priced but very beneficial. I wish we would all embrace it but there still people who do not see the value. Thank you for this article and the juices are the healthier option.

  9. Organic food is way better for our health. They are so rich in taste and flavor compare to non-organic food.
    Nice Article, Very Educative and informative.keep up the good work that you are doing.

  10. monica says:

    You have opened up my mind. In the past, you could hardly hear of diseases such as people suffering from low blood count and other nutrition related disorders. This is because they relied on organic farming meaning that their foods were high in nutritional value. But nowadays, the convectional farming has denied such foods their nutritional requirements. Watched a clip on TV where tomatoes were grown on pumice. I wonder whether the pumice provided the required nutrients. If not so, the pumice was just used for holding the roots and the nutritional requirements came from chemicals.

  11. cate
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    True Rich Donahue, Organic food is the best to use, because it doesn’t have any traces of chemical residues. also when we talk of organic farming it means no use of synthetic chemical to control pesticides and diseases. lets campaign for the organic farming .

  12. chege says:

    its interesting learning more about organic foods. Great article to read

  13. chege says:

    its interesting learning more about organic foods i believed organic foods are harmful to our bodies just as many people do here in Africa.

  14. FoA
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    Great article i have learned a lot about organic and non organic food. I didn’t know organic food is more nutritious. Here in Africa people do think the opposite, they believe organic foods are harmful to our bodies.

  15. Ben says:

    While I do think that organic is best, I think at the moment the benefits are minimal. It is tough when organic is more expensive to buy a lot of the time, too.

  16. Bob
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    Great article. I could be wrong, but it still seems intuitive to me that organic food is better for us and organic farming is better for the environment. I’ll only be growing organic. Thanks for the article!

  17. Hi there I have a degree in Chemistry and worked as a pesticide research chemist in Europe’s leading pesticide research facility. I think you may be confused about pesticides and it may have come from a fear of chemicals that were used in the 60’s in the Vietnam war. For starters organic farms use pesticides – you cannot grow commercially unless you do, secondly organic farming is actually worse for the environment and thirdly organic food is not more nutritious. Please click on organic food above to find out more with some scientific papers on the topic…

    • Rich Donahue
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      Thank you for your opinion and I understand your position, but please refer to my reference links. Everything I have written is verifiable. I have read your link and I disagree with some of your findings.

      Not all pesticides are created equal and it’s not just about pesticides. Please refer to the first part of my article. People can decide for themselves.

      The great thing about small sustainable organic farms and my local farmer is, I can ask the farmer what they use and if I don’t like it, I don’t have to buy it. I usually am face to face with the farmer and that’s reassuring. Fresh food tastes better and there’s no question about that. I grow some of my own vegetables and I don’t use pesticides of any sort.

      Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming techniques protect the environment. Anyone can decide for themselves by doing a little research.

      Even without research I still have reasons to eat organic, including avoidance of harmful pesticide and chemical residues, supporting small sustainable farms and of course, organic food tastes better. When I buy organic, it’s fresh and fresh tastes better. Fresh is also more nutritious.

      People can’t always afford organic or it may not be available in their area and that’s fine. I’m not saying that organic is the only way to go. I buy conventionally grown food myself probably more than I buy organic. I do buy organic when possible though. In this article I’m simply saying organic is better, which it is in my opinion.

      There will be differences of opinion and I welcome those opinions. Thank you for visiting! Wishing you the best health and best wishes to you and your family.
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  18. Just my observation after months of juicing. I think organic fruits and veggies are far more healthier and tastier. a bit pricey but worth the quality.

  19. Fan says:

    We all needs to eat more organic as we can this article it is very educative and in the same time it is very useful, too. Thank you for sharing this amazing article with us.
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  20. I’m a fan of organic produce. Just make sure that a professional does the pest control for your produce making sure that the natural and organic stuff are not violated.
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  21. Nice post. Thank you for sharing. Some people don’t juice as they consider it hard as they buy vegetables, slice them, use juicer, then wash the juicer etc… Instead they prefer ready made juices bottled for longer storage capacity. Such juices are not recommended for good health.

  22. I don’t understand how organic is better than conventional??
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  23. Moo Jae says:

    This article really tells a lot! It’s true organic is so much more healthier than other food. Only few people eat organic food since they prefer those instant meals and all those yummy foodn that has a lot of preservatives.
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  24. I think we can work together on reusing your waste for other products in the pest control industry.
    let me know what you think

  25. dany blind
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    Thanks Rich for this amazing post. I always thought that organic foods are genetically modified foods and potentially harmful. This clears the fog. But do organic foods have the same taste and stay fresh as long as the conventional food do?
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  26. Zeshan Bilal
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    Yeah this is right! Organic food is more healthier than artificial food 🙂
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  27. Carsita Anaminta says:

    Organic is really better than conventionally grown food. i agree with you all you said. It’s impressive that you are getting ideas from this piece of writing as well as from our dialogue made here.
    Keep it up.
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  28. Arul says:

    Greetings. Your article about the food was very nice and helpful.
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  29. Simran N says:

    organic food is lot better than any other food . liked the post .
    thanks.

  30. Boudewijn says:

    Thanks for the article. I will definitely go full organic once I have the money to do so. I prefer to pay a little more for good food than for medical expenses later.
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  31. shailesh says:

    Nice Information on Organic Is Better Than Conventionally Grown Food.Thank you.
    your website is good

  32. vashikaran says:

    Top notch information ,great facts reviled about the organic food .yes it better more you eat.
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  33. Sheen
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    Thanks for this great article. I agree organic food is way better for our health. They are so rich in taste and flavor compare to non-organic food.
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  34. aisha
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    thanks for share nice information keep it , and organic thing are good for health , its give us good thing and make it more advance and easy to use
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  35. zohaib
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    i like to read comment! here a lot of comment, so these comments are amazing

  36. Kevin
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    The myth is that by consumption of Conventionally grow food you can be feet and fine but it’s not so because organic food has it own value and characteristic which body demands for long- lastic healthiness.

  37. clinic says:

    Even though eating organic is more expensive, I prefer thinking of all the vitamins I’m getting as opposed to the non organic food. I am looking at it as, I’m not just buying food to fill my belly up, I am really buying vitamins, and it pays off. I would much rather pay money for the vitamins that are in the food rather than buy cheap food and then invest in a multivitamin which, by now, most of us know that the absorption rate is a real problem. It would be nice if things were easy and eating fruits and veggies was as simple as buying fruits and veggies and not worry as to whether they are natural organic or just filled with chemicals, we are not there yet but the only way to get there is to raise the demand for this kind of food and hopefully, in the future we will be able to walk into a store and just buy anything, and have the best.
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  39. Its sight that Organic Is Better Than Conventionally Grown Food.organic food are good for our health.more and more organic food should grow.

  40. Chirag says:

    Thanks Rich for this amazing post. I always thought that organic foods are genetically modified foods and potentially harmful. This clears the fog. But do organic foods have the same taste and stay fresh as long as the conventional food do?

  41. Totally agree, organic fruit and vegetables are better for us and even taste better. I had no idea though that organic some organic food contained so many more antioxidants! Thanks for the information.
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  42. Jake Warner says:

    Great article! The more I read about non organic food the more I just want to grow my own vegetable garden! Did you hear that in the US, apples are now allowed to be genetically modified? They want to make them not turn brown when you leave them out! Seems like such a silly idea!
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  43. When I first started juicing I bought my veggies from the grocery store. Just plain veggies. I found a farmers market down the street from me that takes place every Saturday. Local organic farmers bring their fresh produce in for sale. It’s amazing to taste the difference in my juice when using organic. Plus I’ve noticed there is much more juice when using organic. I will always use organic from now on when I juice.
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