Organic farming and organic food in general is thought to be more safe than conventional farming. This is because organic produce and products are treated differently than those which are conventionally produced.
The differences between the two are vast, and these differences are starting to have a huge effect on the market as a whole. People are choosing to buy organic over conventional brands due to concerns involving herbicide and pesticide use, the conditions in which conventional foods are grown in, and that many conventional foods are now genetically modified.
Many of us have already made the transition to organic foods, and those of us who haven’t have at least contemplated doing so. All things considered what are the benefits of organic farming, and how does it impact our health?
Studies have shown that organically grown foods are more nutritious than their conventionally grown counterparts. Hundreds of these studies took a look at the antioxidant content of organic plants versus conventional ones and showed that organic foods had higher concentrations of antioxidants.
In addition to being more nutritionally rich, these organic foods tended to have lower levels of toxic heavy metals within their tissues as well.
These two factors are linked, and have a lot to do with regulations surrounding organic products as opposed to conventional. Regulations to meet the guidelines for organic foods tend to be much more strict than those regarding conventional foods.
This means that your average conventional food is going to be grown in less favorable conditions than your organic variety, as far as soil quality is concerned. Many of these foods are grown in other parts of the world where restrictions are much less than those seen in the United States tend to be riddled with heavy metals and other harmful contaminants that we just want to avoid.
One misconception about organic foods is that they don’t require any type of herbicide or pesticide in order for them to flourish. This is simply not the case, as herbicides and pesticides are routinely used in organic farming.
With that being said there is a difference between the chemicals used to treat conventional crops as opposed to organic varieties. Conventional plants are more often than not treated with synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which are found to be more harmful to the environment than the organic, naturally occurring types.
Pesticides are linked to many different health problems as well, ranging from minor allergies and reactions to much more serious issues such as cancer.
Pesticides are definitely something we want to avoid whenever possible, and eating organic foods instead of conventional foods is one way to avoid more exposure to these chemicals.
As mentioned prior, one of the biggest differences between organic foods and conventionally grown foods are the chemicals which they are exposed to. Conventional crops are treated with synthetic herbicides and pesticides, which not only remain on our food after they are harvested, but also leech in to the soil and waterways.
These chemicals are different than the naturally derived ones used in organic farming, as the synthetic ones can not break down as quickly in the environment like the natural ones can. This causes these chemicals to linger in our soil and waterways, causing further pollution.
Many of these chemicals are linked to health problems including various types of cancers, making it even more important that we try to avoid these foods at all cost.
If exposure to these chemicals can cause us harm from eating them, then there is no doubt that they are doing harm to the people providing us with our food as well. In fact it is even worse for these farmers as they are exposed to these chemicals in higher concentrations and more frequently than the consumer does.
These chemicals also have a tendency to stick to our clothing and even ourselves, so these farmers are not just exposing themselves to these toxic chemicals, but their family and community as well.
Problems from exposure are worse as well, again due to the increased exposure to higher concentrations of these chemicals. This means that instead of experiencing a rash or a sneezing fit due to exposure, these farmers are more likely to have fits of vomiting, dizziness and even seizures. All the more reason to make the switch to organics.